Former Chelsea striker Marko Mitrovic looks set to complete a move to soon-to-be MLS side Orlando City after the 22-year old was released by Brescia at the end of last season.
Mitrovic seemed destined for great things at Chelsea. The striker was bought by Chelsea from Malmo at the tender age of 16 and hailed as the "new Zlatan Ibrahimovic" upon his arrival at the West London club.
Mitrovic enjoyed a good start to his fledgling career with The Blues, starring for the under 18 side as well as leading from the front as they won the FA Youth Cup in 2010 against Aston Villa.
However, the tall striker missed the first seven months of the 2010-11 season, undergoing surgery to repair torn ankle ligaments early in the campaign. Since then, injury problems continued to hamper the talented striker throughout the year of 2011 and into 2012, leading to his departure at the end of the 2012 season.
From there Mitrovic wound up at Italian side Brescia in Serie B. The now-22 year old Swede mutually terminated his contract with the 'Little Swallows' after their first game of the season, having made 29 appearances for the Lombardy based team, netting three times in all competitions.
Since his release, it appears to be the American side that have become frontrunners in the chase for the striker according to reports from Gazzetta della Sport.
If Mitrovic were to join the Purple Lions of Orlando, then he would be teaming up with Brazilian star Kaka who became the teams first ever Designated Player last month.
A big and strong, left-footed kid, Mitrovic doesn’t turn 23 until next July. Half the battle for Orlando will be keeping him fully fit, but if he can get his woes behind him then they have a talented player on there hands who could potentially become a solid scorer in Major League Soccer.
Orlando are in the process of getting ready for their first season in MLS which will start in the new year. They are building a squad ready to take the step up from USL Pro to the big league and look to be doing just that with their latest signing. We'll have to see if the new Zlatan can finally live up to that hype.