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Leandro Gonzalez Pirez absent from Estudiantes training as Atlanta United move nears

Another sign

Over the past 10 days or so, the next transfer target for Atlanta United has become clear. Estudiantes center back Leandro Gonzalez Pirez is apparently close to signing with the club according to reports.

One more sign that is the inevitable conclusion surfaced today as it was revealed by Joaquin Tabares, a local media member that covers the Argentinian team, that Gonzalez Pirez was absent from training today to get the proper paperwork sorted to allow him to travel to the United States.

Rumors surfaced stateside several weeks ago that Atlanta were close to adding a center back to its squad and this appears to be that move.

It remains to be seen how Gonzalez Pirez would fit into the back line pecking order. One would expect him to slot in next to veteran Michael Parkhurst at center back, but until the signing is official and we see them on the field, it’s all guesswork at this point.