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Marco Pappa to FC Twente?

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According to a new tweet by Fire Confidential's Guillermo Rivera, Goal.com Latino is reporting that the Chicago Fire and FC Twente are in negotiations for a January transfer. This certainly meshes with some past rumors of European clubs interested in Marco. Although not all Fire fans are enamored with Marco, I personally am a big fan of his. He definitely improved his defensive work rate the second half, which is one of his big knocks. He can also score in ways no other Fire player is capable of. IF he leaves this winter, a replacement MUST be brought in. We have money, and would likely have more depending on the deal that would be agreed to with Twente if it does in fact happen. We must spend that money and bring in some goal scoring. Frank Klopas has stated a striker is a priority, and it becomes an even bigger objective if we lose Marco's playmaking ability. This offseason is certainly shaping up to be interesting. Rather than just seeing what we do to bring in players, we will also find out what players end up going out. Although I would like to see Marco stay, if we get a good deal AND get a good replacement in that can score, I think we definitely should pull the trigger. UPDATE 1 (via Tweed Thornton): De Telegraaf has an update on FC Twente's position. Serbian and current FC Groningen player Dusan Tadic is listed as FC Twente's top choice and Marco Pappa is listed as a cheaper alternative. In the late summer/early fall, Pappa was being thrown out there as a replacement for Bryan Ruiz. Ruiz has since been sold to Fulham but Pappa doesn't seem closer to leaving the Fire. Marco seems to be a solid Plan C that FC Twente knows they can pull the trigger on at any moment should their top plans fall through.

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