We have a hot rumor before the start of the new year. Talks out of South America are suggesting that River Plate has received a strong bid for defender Jonatan Maidana:
Era todo color de rosas hasta que... va a llegar algo muy fuerte de la MLS por Jonatan Maidana en los próximos días.— Mercado River Plate (@mercado_river) December 29, 2017
All indications are that the team involved, is FC Dallas:
El nombre de FC Dallas aparece en casi todas las llamadas que hago. Por el momento me indican que Dallas está buscando un defensa central y están interesados en Jonatan Maidana de River, al igual que el colombiano Eder Balanta.— Niko Moreno (@ELROLONW) December 29, 2017
The other player listed on the tweet, was one of the players included in the recent transfer targets leak.
Jonatan Maidana is 32 years old (6’1, 190 lbs), and has 215 appearances for River Plate of the Argentina top flight. Maidana’s listed value in Transfermarkt, is 3 million dollars. Maidana has 4 caps with the Argentina National Team, and his last call-up was in June of 2017.
On December 9 of this year, River Plate won the Copa Argentina. Jonatan Maidana was named a starter on the All-Copa-Argentina Team:
Maidana is currently under contract in Argentina, so a transfer fee would be needed to obtain him. FC Dallas does have a new influx of TAM to spend this offseason, which could come in handy for a guy like this.
What do you all make of Maidana? Would he be a good fit here in Dallas or is this another South American that you’d rather not see land in MLS?