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Report: Venezuelan midfielder nearing transfer to Philadelphia Union

22-year-old Jesús Bueno is reportedly being targeted by the Union for a transfer from Deportiva Lara

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The Philadelphia Union are reportedly closing in on the transfer of a 22-year-old defensive midfielder from Venezuela.

A report from Mario Alberto Sánchez indicates that Jesús Bueno recently met with Union officials in Mexico to discuss the move.

Bueno has made 75 appearances for Deportivo Lara in Venezuela since 2017 and has 9 goals and 3 assists, according to Transfermarkt, which lists his value at $330,000.

While he doesn’t appear as though he would immediately step into a starting spot for the Union, he could provide depth in the midfield for countryman José Andrés Martínez and Leon Flach.

The Union currently has second-year pro Cole Turner and rookie Brandan Craig as possible options at the 6 behind Jack Elliott, who has played there in a pinch the past two seasons. Martinez was recently with Venezuela for the Copa America and Flach will likely be getting call-ups to the U.S. Men’s National Team if he continues playing the way he has since joining the Union this year.

The Union currently has 7 of their 9 international spots occupied with Matej Oravec loaned out to FK Zeleziarne Podbrezova in Slovakia. The 7 internationals include Cory Burke, Stuart Findlay, Dániel Gazdag, Jakob Glesnes, José Andrés Martínez, Jamiro Monteiro and Sergio Santos.