The transfer market is open in MLS and the first rumors have started to circulate around the Montreal Impact.
On Monday, two rumors stirred the community of supporters of the Bleu-Blanc-Noir.
On the one hand, journalist Diego Montalvan relayed news from Peru, according to which four MLS clubs are in line to acquire Peruvian international striker Jefferson Farfán (94 caps, 27 goals): NYCFC, Portland, Miami and Montreal.
The 35-year-old former PSV Eindhoven and Schalke 04 striker finds himself free after his contract with Lokomotiv Moscow, which he joined in January 2017, ended. Farfán returned to the pitch in July with Lokomotiv, after an absence of 14 months caused in particular by a serious injury to a knee. Last week, the MLS website already reported interest from the Garber circuit for Farfán.
At the same time, tbol spoke of an interest from the Impact and several other MLS clubs (Miami, DC United and LA Galaxy) for former Manchester United captain, Antonio Valencia. The 35-year-old Ecuadorian international right-back, who joined LDU Quito in the summer of 2019 after 10 seasons with the Red Devils, is also free from any contract.
In either case, there will be no tomorrow at the Impact. According to my information, the two players have indeed been proposed to the Montreal club, but it has not shown interest.
It must be said that in the current state of affairs, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir should not be very active on the transfer market. The bulk of the budget has already gone – to players who don’t really deliver the goods – which currently leaves little room to improve the squad.
A household seems to be preparing in the workforce, and in particular among senior employees, under the leadership of the duo Olivier Renard-Thierry Henry. It should start this winter, and probably continue in 2021, with the end of the contract of several elements.
In the short term, if the club are signing, it’s a safe bet that it will only be about deep players, youngsters or inexpensive elements – like the recent signing of Mustafa Kizza.