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Dejan Ljubicic deal falls through for Chicago Fire

Ljubicic’s club, Rapid Wien, made the announcement today

SK Rapid Wien Training Start After Winter Break
Dejan Ljubicic
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A deal that would have brought defensive midfielder Dejan Ljubicic to the Chicago Fire has fallen thorough, according to Ljubicic’s current club, Rapid Wien in Austria.

A Rapid Wien spokesperson posted the following on the club’s website today (translated from German using Google Translate):

“Midfielder Dejan Ljubicic was known to be able to leave the SK Rapid professional team’s training camp in Belek last Sunday to talk to a possible new club. Since there was no agreement on this, the 22-year-old returns to his regular club. Most recently, the U21 team player was only partially able to complete the preparation due to a muscle injury and has not yet played a test game.”

So was it the injury that stopped the deal? That’s unclear. But, it means the Fire are back in the market for a defensive midfielder once again, after deals for both Ljubicic and Gaston Gimenez failed to come to fruition.