The next aging striker inbound to the States? Or just more agent-created nonsense?

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Let’s see … Adrian Mutu.

He’s 33 years old, clearly on the down slope of a career that never quite achieved the critical mass for which it seemed destined.

He hasn’t always “played nicely with others,” once jamming up the news cycle in a notorious breach of contract case.

And there have been some other … uh …  “issues.” Ahem.

Now the Serie A striker is being linked to Montreal in MLS. Alleged salary offer: about $5.8 million, which puts him in the Thierry Henry and David Beckham neighborhood. (It’s a very nice neighborhood. Or so I hear.)

At this point, you’d probably like a link to the story. But until I see something more than dubious, unsubstantiated reports from nebulous “news sites,” I just can’t bring myself to play along.

The story is out there, so no point in ignoring it. Besides, no matter how many times I warn about the way European agents dangle all manner of carefully planted, leverage-related nonsense, someone will invariably walk up to me over the next few days and say: “So, what do you think of Adrian Mutu? I hear he’s going to Montreal.”

I will sigh, utter something perfunctorily along the lines of “Tap me on the shoulder when they call a press conference to announce it,” and divorce myself from that conversation ASAP.

At the very least, someone has to prove to me that Adrian Mutu can point to Montreal on a map.

Either way, you are now up to date. And in all honesty, in-over-their-heads MLS officials have been talked into worse decisions involving high-dollar stars of the “already faded” variety.