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An agreement in principle is reached between the Impact and Marco Di Vaio

SoccerPlus has learned that the Montreal Impact and Marco Di Vaio have come to terms last Thursday for the coming of former Italian international Marco Di Vaio in La Belle Province in the coming weeks.
Asked to comment on this information on Tuesday, the Montreal club's spokesperson said there would not be any official declaration on the matter.

According to our sources, this deal would be a standard MLS, one year plus three or two years with a two-year option. Only the details on Di Vaio's liberation from his Serie A side are left to settle since his current contract with Bologna expires in June 2013.

Last week, SoccerPlus reported that Di Vaio's wife was in Montreal at the beginning of April to shop for a future appartment or house.

Marco Di Vaio, who will turn 36 on July 15 helped Bologna to remain in Serie A next season. In 34 league games this season, he played 2560 minutes (75 mins/match) and scored 10 goals. Since the fall of 2008, he scored 65 goals in 140 Serie A games, which in his case represents a strike rate higher than 0.5 goal/90 minutes.

In 19 professional seasons, he played 18 in top flights in Italy, Spain and France. He wore the uniform of Lazio, Salerno, Parma, Juventus, Valencia, Monaco and Genoa before landing in Bologna for the 2008-09 campaign.

He won one Scudetto (Juventus 2002-03), one Coppa Italia (Parma 2001-02), three Italian Super Cups and a UEFA SUper Cup (Valencia 2004-05). He was also an unused sub in Juventus Champions League final loss to AC Milan in May 2003 in Manchester.

On the international scene, Di Vaio scored two goals in 14 games with the Squadra Azzuri between 2001 and 2004. He played the final seven minutes of the Euro 2004 group match victory over Bulgaria in replacement of Marco Materrazzi, another confirmed Montreal recruitment target these last few months.

Currently 11th in the table with three games to go, Bologna clinched its spot in next year's Serie A championship by defeating Genoa 3-2 at home on Sunday (the second goal was set by Di Vaio), combined to Lecce's 2-1 loss to Parma. Bologna will play its final three games on Wednesday May 2 in Catania, Sunday May 6 at home against Napoli and Sunday May 13 in Parma.

An official announcement from Montreal could be expected in mid to late May.