As the Montreal Impact is enjoying a good run in MLS, the transfer market is heating up as another Serie A player is linked to the Montreal Impact. As it tries to bolster its midfield, acquiring Alberto Aquilani seems to fit the club's transfer policy and eagerness to build a stronger midfield defensively and offensively.
Montreal is a counter-attacking team that is trying to improve its style of play and has always enjoyed the idea of having an Italian "centrocampista". With a career that took him to AS Roma, Liverpool and Fiorentina, Aquilani has an interesting CV.
Why it makes sense
He is an Italian Serie A player. Nothing else is really need to be added.
But on a serious note, the Impact's central midfield has struggled more than once, especially during away games. Also, Aquilani has the play-making skills to help the team and maybe start a revolution on the pitch and take the team to another level.
Ignacio Piatti would definitely thrive even more as the quality in the midfield gets better.
Why it doesn't
Should the club spend Designated Player money and a spot for a central midfielder?
With a plethora of midfielders already in the Impact's roster, the bottleneck only gets worse but we can expect to club to release/trade players to make some space. Though, Frank Klopas did not hide the fact that he is looking to add another striker, with experience and a goal-scoring pedigree.
Marketing wise, the Italian international is not necessarily the most sexy name to sell jerseys and season tickets.
The report confirming the Impact's interest in Aquilani makes sense when you look at the player's profile, the club's transfer philosophy and its current needs.