Atlanta United FC are still in search of their first ever player. Rumors and possibilities of who that may be have been scarce until now. ESPN Deportes reports that Chivas de Guadalajara and Mexico National Team star Marco Fabian is a possible Designated Player signing for the fledgling club.
Bundesliga clubs are interested in the 26-year-old forward and that is likely his first preference. However, if that avenue is closed down the second option would be signing with Atlanta United FC as a Designated Player for a transfer fee of around $4 Million. This move would see Fabian sign with the expansion club and then be loaned out, with the Portuguese Primeira League being the leading candidate.
The Mexican market is one a lot of people expect Atlanta United to try and break in to, so this rumor isn't the craziest we've ever seen. At $4 Million it would rank as average on the "big money signings depth chart" for MLS. Considering the reported offers of $10 Million plus for the likes of Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Carlos Vela, this would be relatively cheap.
While this potential deal might be good business from a marketing perspective and to draw in a completely new demographic to AUFC, Marco Fabian isn't exactly the big name we were all expecting. There are still 15 months remaining until United take the field in a competitive match, hopefully more attractive names become available and are linked with the club.