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TRANSFER RUMOR: FC Dallas interested in top Chilean youth prospect Marcelo Allende

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The U-20 midfielder has long garnered plenty of interest

FBL-U20-CHI-COL Photo credit should read CLAUDIO REYES/AFP/Getty Images

With the summer transfer window starting to heat up, FC Dallas is allegedly looking to bring in another promising Chilean midfielder, according to rumors on social media Wednesday morning.

According to MLS Transfers, FCD is targeting Marcelo Allende, who plays in Liga MX with Necaxa and has featured prominently in Chile’s youth side, including an outstanding 2015 U-17 World Cup where he was Chile’s top scorer.

This isn’t the first time the 5-foot 6-inch attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to MLS. This past winter, Allende was rumored to be joining the Colorado Rapids on loan before the side pulled out thanks to slow-moving negotiations.

The 20-year-old was also previously rumored to be the “next Alexis Sanchez” after Arsenal gave Allende a trial with the club that was then reportedly followed by a formal contract offer from the European giant in the early parts of 2017. However, those plans never panned out and Allende was ultimately signed by Nexaca from Chilean second division club Santa Cruz the ensuing fall.

We’re still in the very early stages of this rumor, but if it turns out to be true, FC Dallas would be able to bring in another central midfield starlet to accompany Paxton Pomykal — or at least have a plan in place should Pomykal get sold before the offseason.