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Report: Atlanta United completes transfer of Marcelino Moreno from Lanús

Cesar Luis Merlo says the deal is done

Lanus v Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata - Superliga Argentina 2019/20 Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images

Update - 9/17: Merlo is reporting that the deal for Moreno is complete. Lanus will receive 10% of any future fee Atlanta receives for selling the player. The only thing that awaits is confirmation from the club.

Update - 9/14: Merlo reports that Marcelino Moreno is “very close” to signing with Atlanta United. He also says that Lanus want a sell-on percentage and the deal could be completed by the end of this week.

According to journalist César Luis Merlo, Atlanta United are “in negotiations” on a transfer deal for Lanús midfielder Marcelino Moreno.

According to Merlo, Moreno, 25, is being viewed as a replacement for Pity Martinez, who recently departed the club after being sold to Saudi club Al-Nassr. Merlo was in front of that deal before it took place, so it’s fair to say that this latest report has some legs.

Moreno, a native of San Martín, Argentina, joined Lanús from Talleres ahead of the 2016-17 season. In 106 matches for the club across all competitions, he has 6 goals and 13 assists, including a 3-goal, 6-assist performance in league play last season.

Atlanta United obviously have familiarity with Lanús in the past, and if this particular deal were to work out half as well as the last midfielder it signed from there, it will have done well for itself. For now, though, it appears that a new face will be making his arrival in Atlanta soon.