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Report: Longtime Chicago Fire target Juan Quintero tipped for MLS move

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Colombian playmaker Juan Quintero, a prime target of the Chicago Fire last summer, is finally set to move to Major League Soccer. 

That's according to Eduardo Silva Meluk, the president at Independiente Medellin, where Quintero shined on loan last year.

"December 31 was the last time I spoke with Juan Fernando Quintero and he is preparing to go to the United States. He has very good options to play abroad," Silva Meluk told Colombian outlet Antena 2 on Friday, explaining why the livewire forward won't be headed back to Medellin. 

Quintero has been with Portuguese club Porto since 2013, but worked the 2015-16 season on loan to French club Rennes and spent 2017 on a loan at Independiente Medellin, where he racked up 13 goals in 25 appearances for the club last year. A member of Colombia’s squad at the 2014 World Cup, Quintero has 13 career caps for Los Cafeteros.

Silva Meluk claims that Porto have placed a €10 million ($12.3 million) valuation on the attacker, pricing him out of Medellin's range

The Fire were linked with Quintero during the summer transfer window, but weren’t able to complete the deal. The Athletic reported in December that Quintero and his agent had met with the Fire in Chicago, however, suggesting a renewal of interest.