MONTEVIDEO - Former Real Madrid and Inter
Milan midfielder Santiago Solari is poised to leave Mexico's
Atlante for Penarol, the Uruguayan champions said on Wednesday.
Should the deal go through, Solari will join Marcelo
Gallardo in the Uruguayan first division after his former
Argentina team mate left River Plate in the off-season to play
for Penarol's arch-rivals Nacional.
"Talks are well advanced, with a verbal agreement with the
president of Atlante," Penarol vice-president Edgar Welker said.
"I spoke to Solari yesterday and he was very happy,
motivated, keen to come here," Welker told Uruguay's Sport890
The 33-year-old Solari, who began his professional career at
River Plate, joined Atlante from San Lorenzo last year after a
decade in Europe at Atletico Madrid, Real and Inter.
Penarol, five times Libertadores Cup winners, are taking
part in this year's Copa Sudamericana, South America's
equivalent of the Europa League, after a six-year absence from
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