Players for FC Utrecht celebrate a goal during a 2012 Eredivisie match. Midfielder Gianluca Nijholt may be joining the Men in Red, according to his agent.
After reaching out to Nijholt's agent Bart Baving, we received this response (it has been cleaned up slightly as it doesn't appear English is Baving's first language, but the full context remains):
"Spoke with Frank Klopas yesterday; Frank was very positive and wants to have him with the team. But I have to negotiate with (Chicago Fire Vice President of Soccer Operations) Guillermo (Petrei) first about the numbers...both parties are interested in working with each other."
The Fire potentially picked up an international slot yesterday when Colombian side Millonarios reported that Fire midfielder Rafael Robayo would rejoin his old club. Datos Millionarios also reported there was a transfer fee involved.
There is no word as to whether Nijholt would recognized as a designated player. The article that was referenced this morning indicated Nijholt could be moved on a free transfer, which makes the chance of him taking up a DP spot less likely.
When reached by Hot Time in Old Town, a Fire spokesperson said they had no comment on Nijholt at this time.
Here are some highlights of the Fire's potential next signing:
Gianluca Nijholt Highlights (via baradona73)