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The former Bologna and Italian international striker will become the Impact’s first ever Designated Player and will be eligible to play after June 27.

After almost four months of rumours and speculation, the Montreal Impact finally made Marco Di Vaio’s signing official on Thursday morning. Details of his contract have not been released, but Di Vaio will become the club's first ever Designated Player.

“Since his departure from Bologna and the announcement that the he was considering an offer from the Impact, we continued to work hard at getting him to join our club. I’d like to congratulate Nick De Santis for this successful negotiation,” Impact president Joey Saputo said in a press release.

“With all of the hard work and professionalism our club has shown over the years, we have signed today a player of the highest quality. We promised this city and the club’s supporters a Designated Player, and we are pleased to have been able to keep that promise.”

During his time in Italy’s top flight, Di Vaio scored 142 goals in 342 games, making him one of the league’s best ever forwards.  The Rome native spent his last seasons with Bologna, and in his final season scored 10 goals and collected seven assists in 37 games.

“I am very proud to become a member of the Montreal Impact and to start this new phase of my career,” said Di Vaio. “I have accepted with great enthusiasm the challenge of joining an enticing championship like MLS. I am extremely eager to make the entire club proud, from the president to its supporters.”

“From a personal standpoint, I had a good feeling from our very first meeting in Bologna with the Impact president and sporting director," added Di Vaio. "They made my family and I feel good about this project in Montreal. It was not an easy choice to leave Bologna but I hope to be able to serve a similar role in Montreal, as I am prepared to give everything I have, including my experience and leadership for my coaches, my teammates and the organization.”

Di Vaio arrives in Montreal on Sunday and will be introduced in a press conference on Monday.