According to a report from Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Impact could land Serie A veteran and Italian international Alessandro Matri, though not until next summer.
Per the report, Matri would sign a deal that would see him play the 2016-17 Serie A season with Bologna, then spend two years in Montreal. Impact investor-operator Joey Saputo is also the owner and president of Bologna.
Matri, who will turn 32 this month, is currently owned by Milan, but has spent the two-and-a-half seasons on loan with four other top-flight sides. His most successful professional spell came from 2007-2011 with Cagliari, where he scored 36 goals in 125 league appearances.
His form at Cagliari earned him a call-up to the Italian national team – he has a goal in seven caps – as well as a move to powerhouse club Juventus, where he spent two-and-a-half years and scored 27 goals in 69 games league games. He also featured for Juve in the 2012-13 Champions League campaign, where he scored two goals in a Round of 16 clash vs. Celtic. And though he did win three Serie A titles in the black-and-white uniform of the Old Lady, arguably his most memorable moment there may have come during a 2015 loan spell, when he scored the winning goal in extra time of the Coppa Italia final to help his team win the double.
In his most recent campaign, a year-long loan stint with Lazio for the 2015-16 season, Matri scored four goals in 17 league appearances plus three more across 10 appearances in cup and European play.