Former Argentina & Barcelona coach in talks with Atlanta United

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Gerardo Martino is reportedly in the United States in talks with Atlanta United ahead of their inclusion in the MLS for the 2017 season. The 53-year-old resigned as Argentina coach in July and while many supporters of La Albiceleste were not upset with the former Barcelona manager’s decision, it would be a sizeable coup for the American club.

While this is yet to confirmed by either party several media outlets have confirmed Martino’s arrival and said that he is at least entering negotiations over the role.

Atlanta United were only formed in 2014 and it was announced that the franchise would be added to the MLS for the 2017 season beginning in April.

The club have already signed former San Lorenzo forward Héctor Villalba and while he spends this season on loan at Liga MX side Tijuana, the 22-year-old is scheduled to return to Atlanta for the next MLS season.

Martino’s managerial career is viewed as something of a mixed bag after success with the Paraguayan national team and Newell’s Old Boys was followed by qualified failures with Barcelona and Argentina.

While the Rosario-born coach may not be to everyone’s taste it would be a surprise to see his next job in Atlanta.

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