Major League Soccer (MLS) side Chicago Fire have signed Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang on a free transfer.
The former Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Boca Juniors player join for the 2019 MLS season with an option of a further year.
In a statement on their website, Chicago noted: “The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that it has acquired midfielder Nicolás Gaitán via free transfer from Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang. He will be added to the Fire’s roster pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). He is under contract for the 2019 season with a Club option for 2020.”
On his part, Chicago Fire Soccer Club Head Coach Veljko Paunović said: “Nicolás is a player that can destabilize any defence in this league. He has an enormous amount of talent and is still in his prime. We’re eager to get the most out of his attacking creativity.”
The 31-year-old has made 181 appearances in Spain and Portugal's top tier and earned 19 caps for the Argentine national side during his career.
The most recent of those international appearances came in Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.