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Report: LAFC signing Uruguayan teen Diego Rossi

Youth international reportedly set to move from Peñarol.

Palmeiras v Penarol - Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2017 Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Reports out of Uruguay on Tuesday claim Los Angeles Football Club will be signing teenage striker Diego Rossi in the coming weeks from Uruguayan powerhouse Peñarol.

Rossi, 19, has played for Peñarol since 2016, scoring roughly once every four games with more than 40 appearances under his belt. He has Copa Libertadores experience, and is a Uruguay youth international, having won the South American U-20 championship at the start of the year, one of the most prestigious youth tournaments in the world.

According to report from Uruguayan site Referi, LAFC have offered Peñarol $4.5 million for a full transfer of Rossi and have been in person to see him play twice. The amount is significant, but surely LAFC, if they are indeed pursuing Rossi, are hoping to find the next Miguel Almiron in MLS terms. Whether Rossi could be at Almiron’s level is an open question, but it’s no surprise that an MLS team would be willing to pay a real transfer fee for a promising South American youngster in this day and age.

But is it true? Anything can happen, but transfer news tends to leak out of South America before it trickles through and is confirmed in our neck of the woods. I won’t say it’s a done deal, necessarily, but i do think it follows the patterns of past transfers and is therefore plausible at least. We’ll see if it comes to fruition im the coming weeks.

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