Diego Fagundez is attracting Italian suitors, according to a report from tuttomercatoweb.com that surfaced on Thursday.
The article, labeled as an exclusive, claims that Atalanta B.C. of Serie A is eyeing the New England Revolution midfielder. It goes on to say that Fagundez, who will soon turn 20, is ready to make the move to Europe.
With Fagundez away with the Uruguay U-20s, rumors, legitimate and not, were bound to circulate. Plenty of scouts are tuning into the South American Youth Championship in hopes of finding the next soccer phenom. Fagundez has played a total of 72 tournament minutes over the course of three games and he's expected to start in Friday's Group B Finale against Venezuela as several players are unavailable because of card accumulation.
After breakout 2013 in which he collected 13 goals and seven assists, both career highs, Fagundez struggled in 2014. The Massachusetts native was eventually relegated to the bench, finishing the season with five goals and four assists.
Atalanta are currently in 15th place in the Serie A standings, coincidentally one spot behind Hellas Verona, the rumored destination of A.J. Soares. Atalanta has scored 15 goals and allowed 24 in 19 games played.
As of now, take this rumor as grain of salt. Now that he has committed to Uruguay, Fagundez's name is likely to be brought up more often when it comes to transfer rumors.
Furthermore, Fagundez still has two years left on this contract, according to Frank Dell'Appa of ESPN FC, and he remains one of the most recognizable faces on the Revolution squad. Still, inquiries about Fagundez are likely to grow as he continues to raise his international profile and the Revolution might want to listen.