UPDATE, 11:30 am ET, Dec. 23: In a Monday development first reported by Caracol's Diego Rueda and subsequently confirmed by Globo Esporte, it's said that Yimmi Chara is "very close" to joining the Timbers, though Portland and Atletico Mineiro must still agree to transfer terms:
Muy cercano a jugar en el Portland de la MLS está el jugador colombiano Yimmi Chará.— Diego Rueda (@diegonoticia) December 22, 2019
Esta y otras noticias en @VBarCaracol
The player is apparently happy with PTFC's proposal, while Atletico president Sergio Sette Camara says Chara is still worth $6 million, the approximate price his club paid for him last year.
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Fresh off a strong season with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, Colombian attacker Yimmi Chara is in talks to move north to Major League Soccer this winter, according to Brazilian-Canadian journalist Alexandre Ernst, with Brazil's Internacional also in the mix as his next destination.
Chará será negociado com a MLS. Não fica no Atlético-MG, nem vem para o #Inter. Ainda não sei o clube. Atacante era pedido de Eduardo Coudet para o 2020 Colorado.— Alexandre Ernst 🧣 (@Alexandre_Ernst) December 16, 2019
"Chara will be negotiating with MLS. Not signing at Atletico-MG, nor to Inter," writes Ernst, adding that Inter boss Eduardo Coudet has requested the Porto Alegre club make Yimmi one of their prime acquisitions this winter. He goes on to cite the input of his colleague Leo Gomide, who posits Portland are the MLS team in question:
Futuro de Chará pode ser no Portland Timbers. https://t.co/ixGDBH8MaX— Léo Gomide (@LeoGomide) December 17, 2019
Completando a informação do Chará na MLS: o @LeoGomide traz que o clube que será o destino do atacante é o Portland. Volto a dizer: Eduardo Coudet quem havia pedido o atacante para o #Inter na temporada 2020.— Alexandre Ernst 🧣 (@Alexandre_Ernst) December 17, 2019
Yimmi, 28, is a different sort of player from Diego, typically working as a winger or attacking midfielder. He's well-traveled, having served several clubs across three countries, including Mexican sides Monterrey and Sinaloa.
He has also been on the fringe of the Colombian national team pool for several years, narrowly missing out out on their 2018 World Cup squad and earning 10 caps since 2014. He's also been linked to MLS in years past.