Lucas Rodríguez controls the ball against the Seattle Sounders in a 2019 match at Audi Field. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

D.C. United is close to reacquiring Argentine midfielder Lucas Rodríguez after a one-year absence, people close to the discussions said Tuesday.

In 2019, his only season with D.C., Rodríguez, 23, had six goals and three assists as a full-time starter and scored the team’s only playoff goal. His loan from Argentine club Estudiantes expired after the season, and the sides were unable to reach an agreement on a loan extension or a permanent transfer.

It is unclear whether he would rejoin United on loan or transfer. United officials said they did not want to comment.

Since returning to Estudiantes, Rodríguez has started regularly, including all five matches since Jan. 1.

Quiet on the roster front much of the offseason, United is aiming to finalize several moves before training camp opens next week.

Loans for defender Brendan Hines-Ike (Belgian club Kortrijk) and forward Jovanny Bolívar (Venezuela’s La Guaira) are expected to be finalized soon. The team is also aiming to sign attacker Kimarni Smith, a first-round draft pick from Clemson.

United continues to pursue other players abroad, including Nigel Robertha, a Dutch forward for Bulgarian club Levski Sofia.

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