D.C. United in on Gaetano D'Agostino?

Gabriele Maltinti

Look at that, another Italian soccer player D.C. is connected to.

While the "Alessandro Del Piero to D.C./MLS" rumors continue to not die despite Erick Thohir's lack of knowledge of them, we can come to some agreement that with Thohir's ownership of Inter Milan and various interactions between Inter and D.C. that the transfer rumors have an interesting angle on them now.

The newest rumor according to Gianluca Di Marzio has midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino coming to MLS, with D.C. being one of three interested teams, with Chicago and Montreal being the others (he is apparently also drawing interest from Reading in England). D'Agostino plays with Siena in Serie B since 2011 (despite a loan to Pescara last year), but his most notable stay was with Udinese from 2006-2011, during which time he appeared in 114 games and drew attention from Real Madrid and Liverpool in 2009. Siena have been experiencing some money problems and he has been put on the transfer market, only appearing in 4 matches (all as a sub) since the new year, though he had 4 goals and 2 assists in the 12 games in the front half of the 2013-14 campaign.

Why this could be something: Compared to the reported other two teams, I presume Chicago would not like a soon to be 32-year old D'Agostino in front of a 31-year old Jeff Larentowicz, and while the Italy-Montreal connection is well-established, at last check they are working to make Ignacio Piatti their third DP. From a DC perspective they could use something in the middle of the field that D'Agostino would seem to bring creatively, plus the whole 'left-footed midfielder from a secondary European league brought in at the middle of the year' does have a Bodkin type of vibe/Dave Kasper MO.

Why this could be nothing: Despite their starting midfield getting older if that move is made, Chicago seems willing to spend to get someone (provided they move someone out, even after the Chris Rolfe trade), and Montreal not only has not finalized the Piatti deal but there is a stray murmur or two of him staying in Argentina. And besides, have you seen how DC spends money lately? If they are going to toss money at an incoming European DP (a salary which D'Agostino would presumably command even at a lower, $500-600k level), they'd just as soon give that to the devils they know, you know? Plus we haven't even broached the fact that it's called "Silly Season" for a reason, just that for us it's apparently started earlier than usual.

So, on a scale of 1-10 (with a 10 being Andriy Shevchenko/Luis Fabiano of course) where does this one rank for you?

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