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Could Colombia be a hunting ground for Minnesota United's new playmaker? That's the report from Paul Tenorio, who tweeted on Thursday that the Loons have entered a bid for Deportivo Cali midfielder Nicolas Benedetti.
MNUFC has put in a $4 million bid for 20-year-old Deportivo Cali playmaker Nicolás Benedetti, per source with knowledge of the offer. Separate source tells me Cali asking price has been closer to $8 million.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 25, 2018
Benedetti, 20, has spent his entire pro career to date with his hometown side. Nicknamed "The Poet," Benedetti made his debut for Deportivo in 2015, and has won one league title with the club and has played in both the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana, the two regional club tournaments in South America.
Never capped by Colombia, Benedetti appears to be on the verge of the national team set-up, as he was on the preliminary roster for the 2015 Copa America Centenario tournament, but did not make the cut for the final squad.
Minnesota United kick off the 2018 MLS regular season on March 3 on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes (10:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE).