Could FC Dallas have a new South American partner? Well, according to reports out of Brazil there are talks between Serie A side Gremio and the Frisco-based MLS team.
Speaking to a reporter (PORTUGUESE), Gremio executive director Rui Costa said the two sides have been conversing about a potential partnership.
Actually, we were approached by the executive director of Dallas. He became aware of our policy for exchanges with clubs outside. They told us about how they managed to increase its revenues in a country where soccer is not so popular, talked up the possibility in advance in terms of covenants.
This isn't an unheard of thing for FC Dallas. The club has had numerous partnerships over the years with clubs south of the border including one Brazilian side, Clube Atlético Paranaense. I'd imagine that partnership is no longer active as the two clubs have not swapped players in a few years.
Now what I am hearing from this end of the world is that Dallas is looking at some of Gremio's players. The report mentions an executive director but more than likely they mean technical director Fernando Clavijo, who was in South America earlier this year on a scouting trip.
We know that Clavijo has been on the hunt for a young defensive midfielder and Gremio may have the one player that he has been looking for. Earlier reports suggest that the player is young, 21 or 22 years old, has good experience and plays for a team that is in the Copa Libertadores.
Based on all of that, it could be that 21-year old midfielder Fernando Lucas Martins or just Fernando is the guy that Clavijo is after here. Young player, check. Midfielder, check. Good experience (kid has national team experience!), check.
I don't have any official word yet on if this rumor is true that the club is partnering with Gremio but the more I look into it the more I see them snagging a player than sharing tips on training facilities and what not like the report suggests.
(Edit note: hat tip to out own Alfredo for finding this story yesterday. We had to hold off on running it so we could do some digging of our own)