The top scorer in the Polish League last season will play in MLS next year.
A transfer deal for Hungarian striker Nemanja Nikolic was confirmed by the Fire on Tuesday. He has signed a three-year contract and joins Chicago from Legia Warsaw, for which he scored 41 goals in 56 league matches since 2015.
“Through this transfer, we have secured a champion in his prime, and one of the most prolific goal scorers in Europe over the last few years,” said Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez in a team press release. “In addition to his on-field talents, Nemanja is a fantastic person. His relentless pursuit of victory and goals is certain to make him a fan favorite.”
Nikolic, 28, finished the 2015-16 season as the league's leading scorer with 28 goals, garnering him Player of the Year honors. He has scored 12 goals in 19 league matches this season and netted one in the Champions’ League when Dortmund thrashed Legia, 8-4, in November.
"I am very happy to be joining the Chicago Fire. From the moment the club expressed interest and especially after speaking with manager Veljko Paunovic, and although I had other offers, this is where I wanted to be," Nikolic said.
Born in Senta, Serbia, Nikolic started his pro career with FK Senta and made the jump to Hungary in 2006. He scored 87 goals in 149 league matches for Videoton, which won Hungarian league titles in 2011 and 2015 before he left for Legia.
Nikolic has played 23 internationals and scored three goals for Hungary since making his debut against the Netherlands in October, 2013.