Sebastian Grazzini has been linked to Atletico de Rafaela, and MLSSoccer.com has been confirming the reports. However, the Chicago Fire have continued their silence on Grazzini's status. I expect this to become another delayed announcement from the team that will resemble the case with Rafael Robayo. Grazzini originally cited family issues as the reason for his return to Argentina, so it is not clear if the problems have been resolved or if this was simply a public relations excuse.
Reports Link Sebastian Grazzini to an Argentine Club
Atletico de Rafaela has allegedly signed a deal with midfielder Sebastian Grazzini. Reports claim that he is already training with the Argentine Club. Although Grazzini returned to Argentina in July, the Chicago Fire actually picked up his option. There have been ongoing rumors about the team searching for a way to sell him. Contract negotiations have been frequently cited by fans as one of the main problems between the club and Sebastian Grazzini.
Initially, the team stated that Sebastian Grazzini returned to Argentina because of family problems that could not be addressed from Chicago. However, MLSSoccer.com has suggested that the midfielder planned on staying in Argentina. Grazzini told El Litoral, "[M]i idea era volver al país, tenía muchas ganas de regresar así que pudimos acordar esta posibilidad. [My idea was to return home, I was eager to return, so we could arrange this possibility.]" He also praised Atletico de Rafaela for being a serious club and mentioned that being this close to home was a luxury. The team was interested in adding an attacking midfield option to its roster.
The Chicago Fire's Options
Since the Chicago Fire previously admitted to picking up the option on Sebastian Grazzini's contract, he has remained on the current roster. However, the arrangement with Atletico de Rafaela has not been clarified, so it is possible that the team could have sold or loaned Sebastian Grazzini. Fire fans who have been hoping for his return will be disappointed. Multiple reports from Argentina have confirmed the move, and an official announcement from Chicago is the only statement that is missing.
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