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D.C. United apparently interested in Bologna's Archimede Morleo

According to an Italian report, D.C. United is taking a look at left wing back Archimede Morleo.

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The closing of the transfer window paradoxically means that there are now more rumors linking D.C. United to international players. A news site in Italy is saying that D.C. United "is interested in acquiring" Archimede Morleo, a left wing back who plays for the recently relegated Bologna FC. With Bologna, he played four seasons in Serie A, and played in Serie B and lower levels before that.

However, there are many odd things about this report. First, the aforementioned transfer window just closed, and Morleo is currently under contract with Bologna. That means that, unless Bologna is willing to terminate his contract and let him come to the United States on a free transfer, he would not be able to suit up for D.C. United this season. Secondly, this is outside of D.C. United's comfort zone when it comes to signings; basically every signing the team has made over the past two years has been either American players or players from within MLS. Finally, I don't know if a player who mostly plays in a 3-5-2 would be as good of a fit in a 4-4-2, unless D.C. United wants to go back to 2009.

If the team is going to make some signings from abroad, Italy seems like a logical place from which they will come. Hopefully Erick Thohir can lean on some of the scouting from Inter Milan, finding players appropriate for both teams. However, it doesn't seem likely that it will be this player.