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Colombian playmaker Nicolas Benedetti has publicly stated that he's received a "very good proposition" to join an unnamed MLS side in the United States, and that he's "analyzing it," during a radio interview with Colombian outlet El Corrillo de Mao.
"The U.S. is a very good proposition, but I'm analyzing it," he said. "I'll make the best decisions."
Benedetti was speaking in the wake of his commanding performance in Deportivo Cali's 4-0 Copa Sudamericana rout of Bolivar on Wednesday, in which he notched a goal and assist to put his team on course for advancement to the tournament's round of 16.
Benedetti, 21, was reportedly one of Minnesota United's top offseason transfer targets, with the Loons said to have tabled a $4 million offer last winter, but falling short of a deal with Cali.
One potential twist in the Benedetti saga came fromThe Athletic's Jeff Rueter who, following up on a report last week that Minnesota were likely done making international transactions beyond their current targets, posited that the latest offer came from Atlanta United:
Sources indicated to me last week that they'd be incredibly surprised if the mystery bid came from #MNUFC. One common theory is that Benedetti is being courted by #ATLUTD as an eventual replacement for Miguel Almiron once he departs. https://t.co/PkH8vqcu8f— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) July 20, 2018
However, Atlanta officials have also said that their club is likely done with their summer business – ingoing or outgoing.
Known as "The Poet," Benedetti made his debut for Deportivo in 2015 and has won one league title with the club, also appearing in both Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana action. He's yet to be capped by his country's national team, but was named to Colombia's preliminary roster for the 2016 Copa America Centenario before missing the final cut.