Always vigilant for reinforcement opportunities, Flamengo seems to be aiming beyond Brazilian borders. Adalberto 'Coco' Carrasquilla, midfielder for the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer (MLS), is the name of the moment. According to journalist José Miguel Domínguez from 'El Marcador TV,' the Panamanian player is "very close" to donning the red and black jersey.
With solid stats in 2023 - 38 games, four goals, and eight assists - Carrasquilla is hailed as the best midfielder in Concacaf at the moment. His technical attributes have caught the attention not only of Flamengo but also of other Brazilian clubs such as Internacional, Botafogo, and São Paulo. However, the competition is not limited to the national territory, with Sevilla, Olympique de Marseille, and América from Mexico also in the mix.
This is not Flamengo's first flirtation with players in the United States. Evander, formerly of Vasco, received an offer from the Rio de Janeiro club, but the Portland Timbers turned down the proposal. Additionally, Colombian fullback Santiago Arias, currently without a club after not renewing with Cincinnati, is also on the list of potential targets.
Flamengo's strategic move to reinforce the squad brings an interesting perspective for fans. The arrival of Carrasquilla could add quality to the midfield, further strengthening a team that already boasts a stellar lineup. However, the competition for his signing indicates that the international market may be a competitive field, with other European and Mexican clubs also in the race.
While the focus is on Carrasquilla, it is impossible to ignore the possibilities presented by Evander and Santiago Arias. Flamengo's management seems to be exploring various options to find the ideal adjustments to the squad.