Nicolas Gaitan has joined the Chicago Fire in a free transfer from Dalian Yifang, it has been confirmed.
Gaitain, 31, spent six seasons at Benfica before joining Atletico Madrid in 2016. After a year and a half with the Spanish side, the winger and midfielder opted for a move to the Chinese Super League with Dalian Yifang.
Coach Veljko Paunovic is delighted with Gaitain's arrival and is confident the new signing will have a big impact in the new campaign.
“Nicolas is a player that can destabilise any defense in this league,” he told the club's website. “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."
Meanwhile, president Nelson Rodrίguez welcomed the addition of a Europa League winner and three-time Portuguese champion to his team.
"We have wanted to add another attacking piece and believe Nico’s dynamism and play-making ability could be a perfect fit," he said.
Although Gaitan has left Dalian Yifang for free, the Fire have paid the Seattle Sounders $50,000 in General Allocation Money for discovery rights.
His addition to the Fire squad will be completed once his Visa and International Transfer Certificate are granted.
Chicago finished second bottom of MLS's Eastern conference last season and have already signed center back Marcelo from Portuguese side Sporting CP and Poland international winger Przemyslaw Frankowski.