Real Salt Lake has signed Juan Manuel Martinez, a multi-positional forward from Boca Juniors, will join the club pending visa approval, according to a report from ESPN700's Bill Riley. The move was confirmed by the club shortly thereafter.
Update, 11:45 a.m.: The U.S. State Department has approved Martinez's work visa in the last 30 minutes, RSL communications VP Trey Fitz-Gerald said on ESPN 700. The club will now work with the Argentine Football Association to obtain his ITC, or international transfer certificate. Additionally, we failed to mention that Martinez is a designated player for Real Salt Lake.
Martinez, who some might know as Burrito Martinez, has played more frequently on either wing than in a central forward position.
The deal looks to have taken longer than expected, but Martinez joining will be a boost to the wayward club.
He's also played in some high-profile matches, earning time in Copa Libertadores and even appearing at the Club World Cup for Corinthians. He's also played four international matches with Argentina, although he hasn't bee capped since 2012.
His last international appearance looks to have come against Brazil, when he played 90 minutes as a forward.
According to reports from Argentina and Mexico, Martinez was in talks as recently as July 21 to join Cruz Azul, but those talks fell apart in an advanced state. Days later, he was reported to have been released from his Boca Juniors contract.
Boca Juniors seem to have deemed his excess to requirements, especially after their having brought former Juventus striker Carlos Tevez.
2003-2012: CA Velez (Argentina)
July 2005 – June 2006: Loan, Argentinos (Argentina)
Jan. 2007 – June 2007: Loan, Cúcuta (Colombia)
July 2007 – June 2008: Loan, Al-Shabab Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
July 2012 – Jan. 2013: Transfer, Corinthians (Brazil)
Jan. 2013 – July 2015: Transfer, Boca Juniors (Argentina)
July 2015: Reportedly unattached