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Report: Carlos Carmona will remain in Atlanta

Chilean news outlet La Tercera says Carmona is not going to Colo Colo

MLS: FC Dallas at Atlanta United FC Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Carmona’s rumored move to Colo Colo, a club from his birth nation, Chile, appears to be dead, according to La Tercera.

In the report, which is authored by two local journalists, Colo Colo is said to be unable to meet the wages that Carmona is being paid by Atlanta United. Carmona is currently on a two-year contract that expires after this coming season.

Carmona is said to have a desire to move back to Chile in order to raise his soon-to-be-born child in his native country. However, having refused the contract terms offered by Colo Colo, it seems he’s perfectly happy to stay in Atlanta to play under Tata Martino. Colo Colo would’ve also needed to agree to a transfer fee with Atlanta.

Carmona will be free to leave for Colo Colo after this season, so long as the Chilean central midfielder doesn’t agree to an extension. He signed with Atlanta earlier this year from Italian Club Atalanta (Carmona has good taste), but his transfer did not command a fee. Atlanta would presumably not be under pressure to let him walk at the end of his contract if he so desires. This seems like a situation we should be more concerned about next offseason.