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Report: Gremio attempted to sign Pity Martinez on loan from Atlanta United

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Pity Martinez’s reputation may be taking a bit of a hit in Major League Soccer after his slow start with Atlanta United, but in South America he’s still a desirable asset. Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte report that Copa Libertadores quarter finalists Gremio launched a bid to sign the reigning South American Player of the Year on loan from the Five Stripes this week.

The report states that the Brazilian club’s board had Pity as a transfer target ahead of Wednesday’s deadline to sign foreign players, but couldn’t reach an agreement with Atlanta for a deal.

For Atlanta United, it’s so late in the transfer window that losing a DP now would make it really difficult to try and bring in another one that fits your team. With Pity’s struggles, his transfer value is lower than it was when he was acquired. They’ll be hoping for a strong second half from their record signing. If that happens, then maybe that value will increase making a plausible deal in the winter possible if either side wants to move on from the other.