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Report: Union signing Mexico international Marco Fabián

The 29-year-old El Tri player is joining the Union, according to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman.

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The Union are in “final discussions” to bring in Mexican attacking midfielder Marco Fabián, per ESPN’s Taylor Twellman. Fabián is currently under contract with Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga.

The 29-year-old would immediately become the highest-profile signing in club history. Fabián has made 42 appearances and scored nine goals for El Tri since making his international debut in 2012.

Fabián joined Eintracht in December of 2015, scoring eight times in 44 appearances there. The majority of those appearances came in his first two seasons, as he’s only played eight Bundesliga games since May of 2017. German soccer magazine Kicker named him the third-best attacking midfielder in the Bundesliga in January of 2017.

The midfielder spent the first half of the 2017-18 season recovering from back surgery; he had been having back pain all year, and was only able to finish out the 2016-17 season with the aid of injections and pills.

After Eintracht manager Adi Hütter did not include Fabián on his 23-man squad prior to this season, the midfielder lined up a move to Fenerbahçe. The transfer fell apart after the Turkish club tried to change the terms of the deal at the last moment. Fabián hasn’t appeared for Eintracht since starting against Borussia Dortmund in September.

Up until his move to Germany, Fabián had spent his entire career with Chivas de Guadalajara, save for a loan spell with Cruz Azul in 2014. He netted 78 goals in 184 league appearances in Mexico.

There has been no report of a transfer fee. Since Fabián’s contract expires this summer, it’s unlikely that the Union would pay a large sum to acquire him.

Fabián would help fill the hole left by the departure of Borek Dočkal, who led MLS in assists last year. No matter what formations the Union play this season, Fabián would serve as the focal point of the attack.

For an extended look at Fabián’s highlights over the years, look here, but take this 2014 Puskás Award-nominated strike as an indication of his immense quality.

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