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Bojan Krkic joins Montreal Impact on 18-month deal

The Montreal Impact used targeted allocation money to secure Bojan through 2020 with options for 2021 and 2022.

Barcelona's Bojan Krkic, left, scores his side's fourth past Basel's Reto Zanni, right, during the Champions League group C first leg soccer match between FC Basel and FC Barcelona, at the St. Jakob Park Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri) ORG XMIT: BAS806

MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact announced the signing of former Barcelona attacking midfielder Bojan Krkic on a free transfer Wednesday afternoon. 

The 28-year-old signed an 18-month deal with the Impact leading him through 2020 with options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The Impact used targeted allocation money to secure Bojan’s services.

The Impact will officially introduce Bojan Wednesday night at halftime of the Canadian Championship semifinal first leg against Cavalry FC at Stade Saputo.

“Bojan is a very talented player who, at 28 years old, chose the Impact to pursue his career, after having played for some of the biggest clubs in the world,” Impact coach Rémi Garde said in a statement. “His offensive ability to get others involved in the game and to score goals will be of precious help for the final stretch of the season. I welcome him to our club.”

After arriving in Montreal Tuesday night, Bojan already visited his new club’s training ground. President Kevin Gilmore posted a video of Krkic jogging at Centre Nutrilait Wednesday afternoon. 

The Catalan rose through the ranks at Barcelona’s La Masia academy before, at age 17, became Barcelona’s youngest player to feature in the UEFA Champions League and in a La Liga match.  He scored 41 goals over 163 games in all competitions for the Blaugranas. Most recently, Bojan netted 16 goals in 85 appearances with England’s Stoke City. 

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