Update 2/5: There are three sides to every transfer and it now seems like no one told Pity Martinez about the news. While reports had indicated that FC Cincinnati and Al-Nassr had agreed to terms on the transfer of Pity, the player himself has put on his Instagram that he’s happy at his current club and no deal is in place.
It appears that Pity Martinez’s time in Saudi Arabia will come to an end after just five months. Multiple reports on Thursday evening indicate that the former Atlanta United Designated Player is on his way back to MLS to join FC Cincinnati.
BREAKING: We have also confirmed with multiple league sources this evening that FC Cincinnati are also in the process of acquiring former Atlanta United midfielder Pity Martinez.https://t.co/tcjAK9F3Ow— Cincy Soccer Talk (@cincysoccertalk) February 5, 2021
The Five Stripes sold the former South American Player of the Year to Al-Nassr back in September for a reported transfer fee of around $18 million. During his time in Saudi Arabia he scored two goals and two assists in league play while also featuring heavily in the AFC Champions League.
Pity looks set to join a Cincinnati side that has struggled mightily since entering MLS in 2019. Last season, they finished with the lowest points total (16) in the league by a margin of five. The Argentine playmaker is the second high-profile attacking player linked to the club recently to help get them off the league’s basement with 21-year-old Brazilian forward Brenner from Sau Paulo set to join Cincy as well.
Good luck to Pity Martinez on his second chance in MLS!