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Report: Amir Murillo signing with New York Red Bulls is "imminent"

This stopped being a rumor a while ago. Now it feels like we'll need an explanation from RBNY if Murillo doesn't join the team.

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If it is possible for something to be more inevitable, then that is the current status of Amir Murillo's anticipated transfer to the New York Red Bulls. The 21-year-old Panamanian has been the subject of confident reports out of his home country, citing well-placed sources at his club, San Francisco, stating he is on his way to RBNY. Now the US media has got hold of the story.

Kristian Dyer reports for Metro (no relation) that Murillo's move to RBNY is "imminent", per an unnamed source.

The source confirms reporting from Panama that the deal will be a one-year loan with option to buy. Murillo is expected to challenge for minutes at right back. Currently, RBNY appears to regard Sal Zizzo has its starter at the position, with Connor Lade returning from injury and assumed to be a contender for the starting role at RB once he is fit.

Murillo has senior national team caps for Panama, as well as experience for the U-20 national team. And he has played CONCACAF Champions League with San Francisco. Though he is considered a right back, the player could also compete for time at center back.

The Red Bulls have their annual media day on Monday, February 19, followed by their season-opener - a CCL quarterfinal first leg - against Vancouver Whitecaps on February 22. Murillo has played limited minutes for San Francisco in the last month or so, seemingly because he has been the subject of persistent transfer inquiries: he might not necessarily be ready to jump straight into the first team mix, but his experience to date suggests he will join the roster as player expected to push for a starting job in MLS over the course of the season.