Less than 24 hours ago, it appeared that Atlanta United had finally sealed the deal on a transfer for Alan Franco that would finally deliver manager Gabriel Heinze a prized center back to slot into the starting lineup. Now, it looks like that deal is far from certain.

TyC Sports’ Cesar Luis Merlo and Gaston Edul reported Thursday night that Independiente have halted Franco’s transfer to Atlanta after receiving a new bid from Brazilian powerhouse Sao Paulo worth $4 million for 80 percent of Franco’s future value.