FC Dallas admit signing close, but remain tight-lipped on Argentine reports of holding MF Mauro Diaz
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas have been pursuing a holding midfielder to bolster their Western Conference-leading team ever since Peter Luccin went down in the preseason with a knee injury. And it looks like they may have their man.
“If everything goes as planned – but in soccer, you never know – I would say yes, [a signing is imminent],” FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday.
Argentine media reported Wednesday that 22-year-old River Plate midfielder Mauro Díaz (above, right) was in talks to join MLS, with his likely destination being FC Dallas. Clavijo wouldn't specify if that player was indeed Díaz, but did acknowledge the youngster was one player FCD were considering during his travels to Brazil and Argentina.
“He’s one of the players that we looked at, absolutely," Clavijo said. "But he’s under contract right now and until that changes and we can reach an agreement, it is very premature for me to say that he is one of the players [we’re pursuing].
“Right now he has I think two more weeks to go in his contract. When that contract expires, then we will be able to comment on it. Right now, I am not able to.”
Clavijo stressed that no deal was done, but did say that FC Dallas and the club of the player in question have agreed on terms. But ultimately Major League Soccer must sign off on the final documents.