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Report: Atlanta United's Pity Martinez targeted by Gremio in Brazil


Is the former South American Player of the Year heading back to the southern hemisphere?

Don't hold your breath, but according to a report from prominent Argentine outlet TyC Sports, Pity Martinez is again a target of Gremio, a Brazilian side that apparently expressed interest during the Secondary Transfer Window in the summer.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder signed with Atlanta United out of River Plate last January after leading the club to the Copa Libertadores title over rival Boca Juniors in 2018.

Martinez had a roller coaster first season in MLS, scoring five goals with nine assists, making 26 starts in 32 appearances while struggling to acclimate to a new league and a new coach in Frank de Boer.

In a conference call with reporters following the season, De Boer tabbed Martinez as a player who could have a breakout 2020 campaign.

“I think if he continues how he played the last two games, he has to understand, and I give him the compliment, that's the Pity I want to see,” De Boer said last month. “He’s involved in attacking and defending. If he shows that, there’s no doubt he has a major impact in MLS and for us, of course.”

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