It appears as if Atlanta United are closing in on their third and final designated player. According to reports out of South America, Oscar Romero will be joining the club from Argentine club Racing.
ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle confirms the reports and says that the transfer fee is between $6-6 million.
League source confirms that #ATLUTD is on the verge of signing Paraguayan international Oscar Romero. Transfer fee in $6-7M range.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) December 13, 2016
Romero, 24, is a teammate of Miguel Almiron on the Paraguay national team. He is an attacker with extraordinary dribbling abilities as seen here in this highlight reel:
This would fill all three of the club’s Designated Player slots as Darren Eales confirmed would be the case in today’s post-Expansion Draft conference call. Almiron and Hector Villalba occupy the first two.
With Racing Club, Romero has scored eight goals in 34 appearances and has drawn the interest of clubs such as Seattle Sounders and Fenerbahce.
Back in July, it was reported that Romero turned down a $10 million offer from MLS with Seattle and the New York Red Bulls said to be the clubs in contention for his services.
Is the Paraguayan connection of Romero and Almiron the one to lead Atlanta United to the promised land? It seems we’re going to find out.