Just when it looked like Atlanta United’s third attempt to sign a center back had slipped through its fingers with reports of competing bids for Alan Franco, Cesar Luis Merlo is reporting the deal has been agreed to allow the transfer to happen. Franco could be departing Argentina in a matter of hours.

The two clubs will presumably continue dialog as they hash out details on other transfer bonuses and how to handle the final 50 percent share of Franco’s transfer value.

It’s likely we’ll know more details about this dramatic transfer saga soon. Hopefully much of the legwork on the Argentine’s potential arrival so they can announce this as fast as possible and help lower cortisol levels of all involved.