Impact acquire MF Lappalainen from Bologna
The Montreal Impact acquired Finnish midfielder Lassi Lappalainen on a six-month loan from Italian club Bologna FC on Thursday.
The deal, completed using targeted allocation money, includes options to extend the loan through June 30, 2020 or Dec. 31, 2020. Impact owner Joey Saputo also owns Bologna.
Lappalainen, 20, scored six goals this season for the Finnish club HJK Helsinki before transferring to Bologna.
“We want to reinforce our team for the end of the season with an offensive player, giving us more options on the left flank of attack,” Impact head coach Remi Garde said in a news release. “He’s a player with technical diversity, who has a large volume of play at high intensity. Despite his young age, he’s shown that he can score and provide assists. We’ll place him in the best possible conditions to help him adapt to Montreal. I welcome him among us.”
Lappalainen has played five games with Finland’s national team, tallying two assists.
“I don’t know much about MLS or Montreal, but I think it’s a good step right now for me,” Lappalainen said during a news conference in Italy. “I know that MLS is very physical and I need to be able to succeed there and (then) I can succeed in Italy. So I think it’s a good step for me to go there and show that I can make there my career and then maybe here (in Italy). I’m very excited to go to MLS.”
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