Update: Atlanta United have officially announced that Fernando Meza has joined Defensa y Justicia on loan.
“We appreciate Fernando’s commitment to the club over the last year and wish him well during his loan stint,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said.
Fernando Meza will leave Atlanta United to join Argentine club Defensa y Justicia this transfer window, according to a report from Cesar Luis Merlo Thursday night.
Defensa y Justicia cerró de palabra a Fernando Meza, defensor del Atlanta United: llega cedido hasta el 30 de junio con chances de extender el préstamo al 31 de diciembre. pic.twitter.com/Db0crg4qyZ
— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) February 18, 2021
The contract appears to be a loan for a matter of months until midsummer. At that point, there will be an option for Defensa to keep the defender for the remainder of the calendar year.
Meza was rumored last week to have been offered to go out on loan to Argentine rivals San Lorenzo. But instead, he heads to a club that became entangled in a transfer saga that saw it lose prized center back Hector David Martinez to River Plate, leaving Atlanta United empty-handed.
The move likely frees up a good chunk of salary budget space — possibly including TAM — as well as an international roster spot.