After months of rumors and tweets about it being a “done deal,” Przemysław Frankowski is, finally, a done deal.
The Chicago Fire announced earlier today that they had signed the Polish international from Jagiellonia Bialystok through the 2022 MLS season. Details of the agreement weren’t disclosed, although the club did volunteer that Discretionary TAM constituted at least part of the funding for the transfer.
Chicago will be the third club Frankowski has played for at the senior level— and at only 23 years old, he still has a lot of potential upside. Most of his club career to date has been with Bialystok, where he made 140 appearances in five seasons, scoring 24 goals. At the international level, Frankowski has four caps with Poland (12 with the U21s), making his senior national team debut in March 23rd in a friendly against Nigeria.
Frankowski will officially join the squad after his visa and ITC have been sorted out.
Our patience and persistence overcame several suitors, and we believe he will prove to be a fan favorite for his relentless style of play,” said Fire president and general manager Nelson Rodriguez in the official club statement.
Head coach Veljko Paunovic went into more detail on what Frankowski brings to the table.
“Przemysław is a very versatile player with fantastic pace,” Paunovic said. “He fits the profile we’re looking for in a winger very well and is capable of committing defenders, delivering great balls from the flank and scoring goals. He also has a great work rate, focus and attitude.”
So at the very least, the Fire have a starting front three heading into preseason. Maybe not the most pressing need in the squad, but it’s definitely one less thing to worry about.