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Twellman: Multi-year deal on table for Fabián

Twellman denies BILD’s report that Marco Fabián may join the Union on a temporary basis.

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ESPN’s Taylor Twellman is reporting that the Philadelphia Union “potentially have a ‘multi year’ deal with Marco Fabián if certain things happen.”

Twellman’s tweet contradicts the above report from German outlet BILD which suggests that Fabián’s move to the Union is a prelude to joining Inter Miami CF in 2020. BILD reported two weeks ago that Miami had interest in Fabián, but presented the obvious issue of Miami not beginning MLS play until next season. Thus when Twellman reported on Tuesday that the Union were nearing a deal with Fabián, BILD followed up with speculation that the Mexican midfielder’s stay in Philadelphia would be temporary.

Though Twellman has denied that Miami is in play for Fabián, his assertion that the midfielder will be in Philadelphia past 2019 comes with a couple of curious qualifiers. It’s unclear what “certain things” need to happen to keep Fabián in Philly past 2019; whether that’s referring to ongoing contract discussions or a possible performance clause, I don’t know.