The Fire have reportedly signed Centerback Tobias Salquist from Silkeborg IF (Denmark) and Fullback Allan Arigoni from FC Lugano (Switzerland).
After going quiet for a while after the Barlow and Gutman additions, it seems the Fire and Georg Heitz are back on the move, strengthening the defense with two quality defenders that may be day one starters. While their names might not ring familiar, this article dives into the lesser-known profiles of these two players, shedding light on what they bring to the field and why us Fire fans should be feeling pretty good about the pair.
Coming from the Danish Superliga (1st division) side Silkeborg IF, Salquist is a talented 28-year old Danish Center back that checks off many of the boxes a fan would want to see in their starting center back. He’s a consistent starter for Silkeborg, a quality team sitting 6th in the Superliga, playing 89% of minutes and starting 15 out of 16 games this season. According to Transfermarkt, he’s totaled 19 goals and seven assists in all competitions, has spent time in Iceland and Belgium in addition to Denmark, and has played for five different clubs in his professional career. Salquist has played for Silkeborg at the youth level and started his pro career with them as well, and after bouncing between a few clubs, it seems he’s been an important piece for them since 2021. His market value sits near €850k and is listed as being 6’3. He is considered to be a strong and reliable player, and is one of the best center backs in the Danish league. If Carlos Teran were to leave as he doesn’t seem too keen to stay in Chicago for long, we could be seeing Czichos and Salquist partnering up to complete a solid center back group.
Arigoni comes to Chicago from sister club FC Lugano, who are under the same ownership as the Fire. Allan will be continuing the trend of Lugano players coming to Chicago, adding on to Maren Haille-Sellasie and Ousmane Doumbia from last year. It seems likely this will be a loan deal with an option to buy. 25 year old Arigoni is versatile in the backline, spending time in the Left back, Right back, and Center back position. If I were to guess, I’d say the Fire will use him as a fullback, given one of his main traits seems to be his impressive speed. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Allan worked his way through the youth ranks to break into the senior team of Swiss club Grasshoppers, prior to joining FC Lugano on a €1.00m fee. He’s started 72% of games this season and has an assist in the Europa Conference League. He’s had appearances for the youth Swiss national team at the U19 and U18 level, so it’s clear he’s been a bright player since the start of his career. Souquet might be on the way out as well, and with Johnny Dean being the only other starting right back competition, we could very well see Arigoni starting if he settles in time in Chicago.