Report: Orlando City SC close to deal with Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano


Orlando City SC need a consistent — preferably veteran — goalscoring striker. That much is pretty plainly obvious to anyone who’s watched the Major League Soccer expansion side for more than 20 minutes in their debut season.

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Enter former Brazilian national team and Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano, who has just seven months remaining on his current contract with Brazilian side Sao Paulo. According to a report by ESPN Brazil, Sao Paulo don’t plan to bring Fabiano back after his current deal expires. Fabiano’s family has also, reportedly, been telling friends of the family that the 34-year-old will move Stateside and join his compatriot Kaka, who joined Fabiano and Sao Paulo on a six-month loan stint ahead of the 2015 MLS season.

How much Fabiano has left in the tank at this point of his career, is the obvious question Orlando City have to ask themselves if they are indeed interested in signing the player. The club told ESPN Brazil that a deal has not been agreed between the two sides and did not confirm whether negotiations had taken place, or that they are ongoing.

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Fabiano has scored just twice this season for Sao Paulo, following 24 goals in all competitions from 2013-2014. In 224 games for Sevilla from 2005-2011, Fabiano tallied 107 goals for the La Liga side.