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UPDATE (Jan. 23): Argentine reporter Agustin Sileo has followed up with a report stating Gaston Gimenez's signing with Chicago Fire FC appears to be imminent.
Avanzan las negociaciones entre @Velez y Chicago Fire por Gastón Giménez. La venta del mediocampista se puede cerrar en las próximas horas. El jugador, luego de una charla con Heinze, decidió quedarse a jugar la Superliga y de esta forma emigraría en Marzo.— Agustin Sileo (@AgustinSileo) January 22, 2020
Argentine reporter Agustin Sileo is reporting that the Fire are interested in Gimenez, who could require a bid upwards of $8 million.
Chicago Fire de la MLS está muy interesado en Gastón Giménez y presentará una oferta formal en las próximas horas. La cláusula del mediocampista de @Velez es de 8.000.000 usd. pic.twitter.com/1NDWqKSbSG— Agustin Sileo (@AgustinSileo) January 15, 2020
Gimenez, 28, has made 36 appearances and recorded two assists for Velez Sarsfield since joining in 2018. He’s also had stints at top-flight sides Atletico Tucuman, Godoy Cruz and Estudiantes in his home country, as well as Almirante Brown. To date, Gimenez has earned one cap with Argentina, a late cameo in a November 2018 friendly against Mexico.
Roughly six weeks out from their March 1 opener at defending MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders, Chicago have 16 players under contract. They have three open Designated Player slots, and short time to assemble a roster with their new leadership trio of head coach Raphael Wicky, sporting director Georg Heitz and technical director Sebastian Pelzer.