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Agent: Gaston Sauro has signed with Columbus Crew SC

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Sauro would be tasked with shoring up the leaky backline.

Berhalter has something to smile about, perhaps?
Berhalter has something to smile about, perhaps?
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Columbus Crew SC's busy transfer window may have just gotten a little busier. Gaston Sauro's agent is reporting that the Argentine defender has signed a deal to move to Columbus. The deal would come just before the Secondary Transfer Window closes at 5pm on Thursday.

The report comes from an interview in TodoMercadoWeb, where Sauro's agent, Leo Rodriguez says his client signed a two and a half year contract to play for Crew SC despite interest from La Liga side Levante.

Further adding confirmation, Sauro also updated his Facebook page earlier today to list his club as Columbus Crew SC.

UPDATE: References to Columbus Crew SC were removed from Sauro's facebook.

Sauro is a 25 year old central defender who has played for Boca Juniors as a youth before moving to the senior team in 2008. He transferred to Swiss side FC Basel in 2012 and went on loan to Serie B club Catania for the 2014-2015 season. He had been linked to EPL and La Liga teams in the summer of 2014 before moving to Catania on loan.

Sauro played in 27 games for Catania before the Italian team declined their option to buy. He previously has experience in the Champions League and Europa League during his time with FC Basel, but appears to be out of favor in Basel as his agent said there was interest in Sauro from Swiss clubs Lucerne and Lugano in addition to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

With the second worst defense in MLS, Crew SC has looked to add help on that side of the ball. The team recently added right back Harrison Afful and now appears to have added a center back with a European pedigree. Sauro would be the third move of the window as the Black & Gold also traded for forward Jack McInerney on Tuesday.

Crew SC has given up an MLS second-worst 38 goals and their goals against per game of 1.65 only trails the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC.