TRANSFER TRACKER UPDATE: Update
According to the club, "French striker Jimmy Briand will not join the Montreal Impact as it was originally planned. Briand did not want to sign the MLS contract according to the terms negotiated and accepted by himself and his agent. Important additional requests by the Briand side at the last minute made the signing fall through."
Though the Briand deal didn't work out, Montreal's front office is still working on bringing in reinforcements. As the Impact's statement notes, "The Impact now directs its efforts towards other players to continue to improve the squad before the end of the international transfer window. A new signing should be announced in the coming days."
Later in the day on Thursday, Briand's agent released a statement on the update, as reported by RDS' Patrick Friolet:
Agent de Jimmy Briand :— Patrick Friolet (@PFrioletRDS) July 26, 2018
"Jimmy avait besoin de garanties pour faciliter l'intégration de sa famille au Canada. Ces garanties n'ont jamais été fournies"#IMFC
Translation: Jimmy Briand's Agent: "Jimmy needed guarantees to facilitate his family's integration in Canada. These warranties have never been provided."
Briand, who turns 33 next week, has been with EA Guingamp, in France's top-flight Ligue 1, since 2015, and has also featured for French pro squads Rennes and Lyon. Prior to playing with Guingamp (famously a launching pad for former Impact standout Didier Drogba), Briand spent a season with Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga.
Guingamp had announced the Briand move this past Sunday, prompting the Impact's social media team to declare the official announcement as "only a matter of time" ("n'est plus qu'une question de temps"):
Jimmy Briand sera à Montréal cette semaine. Ce n'est plus qu'une question de temps avant qu'il soit 🔵⚪️⚫️. #IMFC— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) July 23, 2018