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Timbers close to signing Claudio Nicolas Bravo from Banfield

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Journalist Leonel Cerrudo reported on Saturday that the two clubs are close to a deal.

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The Portland Timbers are expected to sign Argentine left back Claudio Nicolas Bravo from Banfield, as first reported by journalist Leonel Cerrudo. The 23-year-old defender could potentially sign a deal for as much as 75% of the player’s rights and would join the club in January.

Bravo joined Banfield in the 2017-18 season, making 43 appearances for the club and totaling three assists during his three seasons there. He has also made eight appearances with Argentina’s U-23 squad.

If he were to join the Timbers, he would be the fourth Argentine player to join the club, as Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco and Tomas Conechny all hail from Argentina.

We will update with more information as it comes through.