Former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca is reportedly in advanced talks with Major League Soccer club Atlanta United to replace Gabriel Heinze.

According to The Athletic, Portuguese tactician Fonseca has been in meetings with the club hierarchy and they are close to an agreement.

It would be a new experience for Fonseca, who was fired by Roma after two seasons in Serie A, which saw them reach the Europa League semi-final.

He had also been a candidate for the Tottenham Hotspur job, as well as his links with Fiorentina when Gennaro Gattuso walked away.

Atlanta United have already fired Heinze and are currently working under interim manager Rob Valentino.

Heinze had a remarkably awful run of two wins, four draws and seven MLS defeats since taking over in December 2020.

Above all, he clashed repeatedly with players, who complained at his training schedule.

His predecessor on the Atlanta United bench was Frank De Boer, who they sacked in July 2020.

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