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Rumor: Atlanta United interested in Colombian international Sebastián Pérez?

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It appears that defensive midfielder is a big priority.

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Atlanta United appear to be on the hunt for a defensive midfielder. Just a few days after being linked to Monterrey’s Jonathan Gonzalez, the Five Stripes are rumored to be interested in another No. 6.

Todofichajes.com reports that Atlanta United are one of several teams interested in signing Sebastián Pérez from Boca Juniors.

Pérez, 27, joined Boca Juniors in 2016 but has only appeared for the club 15 times. He’s spent time on loan with Pachuca and Barcelona SC Guayaquil while under contract for the Argentine giants. The defensive-minded midfielder has also been capped eight times by the Colombia national team.

The report states that Pérez’s contract with Boca expires in 2021 and he’s looking for a move out of Argentina. Atlanta United are supposedly joined by Inter Miami and Portuguese side Sporting de Braga in their interest for the Colombian’s services.

While it’s hard to judge exactly how solid this rumor may be, the fact that this is the second defensive midfielder linked with the club in less than a week speaks volumes. It seems very possible we could see a new holding midfielder on the roster whenever the team takes the field again.