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Report: Atlanta United in “advanced negotiations” with Brazilian midfielder Matheus Rossetto

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This would be a strong addition.

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With plenty of turnover already in the rear view mirror for Atlanta United and perhaps more to come in Tito Villalba, the Five Stripes may be poised to add a key piece to its midfield.

According to Brazilian journalist Juliano “Fusca” Lorenz, Atlanta United are in “advanced negotiations” to acquire 23-year-old Matheus Rossetto from Athletico Paranaense. Rossetto, a native of Santa Catarina in Brazil, has been with the club since joining its youth side as a teenager in 2009.

“The negotiation has already been approved by President Mário Celso Petraglia and the athlete is training separately in the last few days waiting for the conclusion of the deal,” Lorenz wrote.

Rossetto, who made his debut with Athletico-PR’s senior side in 2015 against Nacional, has plenty of professional experience under his belt, with 84 appearances across all competitions since 2015. He’s played in big games, too, as Athletico-PR won Copa Sudamericana in 2018 and Copa do Brasil in 2019.

Rossetto’s not been a name we’ve heard connected to Atlanta United before today, and by all accounts this sounds as if a move is pretty close to happening if the reports are indeed true. Regardless, a player like Rossetto that appears to be coming up on his prime could provide Atlanta a major boost heading into Concacaf Champions League in a few weeks.