Real Salt Lake is reportedly targeting 22-year-old Argentine midfielder Facundo Pérez, according to a report this morning from Buenos Aires-based journalist Cesar Luis Merlo.
Facundo Pérez, mediocampista de 22 años de Lanús, está muy cerca de marcharse a la MLS.— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) July 28, 2022
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Perez, who has logged just over 4,000 minutes for Lanus, plays in the midfield and has scored two professional goals, both in a match against Gimnasia in 2021.
Some early scouting shows Perez playing what’s typically called an 8, playing in a more advanced pair in a midfield three. That role roughly translates to what Pablo Ruiz and Jasper Löffelsend are doing, although notably, Pablo Mastroeni recently expressed a desire to have a “6” — a more classic defensive midfielder. Perez has played that position at times in his Lanus career.
Pérez would immediately provide some depth for RSL, who lack a player to truly back up Pablo Ruiz or Jasper Löffelsend, who play could be described as a double-8 midfield. RSL’s other options, Scott Caldwell and Nick Besler, lack the dynamism of either player.
Should he join and start alongside Ruiz and Löffelsend — neither of which statement is a sure thing right now — Perez might realistically help comprise the shortest midfield in the league, standing 5-foot-7.
There’s no saying the accuracy of the rumor at this point, but Merlo is typically a solid source for Central and South American rumors.