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Vélez Sarsfield confirm Thiago Almada transfer – Atlanta United deny reportdevin franco

This text first appeared on November 5 and has since been updated with new information.

Major League Soccer side Atlanta United have reached a total agreement to sign 20-year-old Vélez Sarsfield star Thiago Almada. According to a tweet by César Luis Merlo, Atlanta will receive 100% of the player’s economic rights, and Almada will sign a deal until 2026.Transfermarktunderstands that the fee is in the region of $15 million, plus add-ons, that could make him eventually the most expensive transfer in Atlanta United and MLS history.

Thiago Almada, Pity Martínez, Barco & Co.: Atlanta United’s record transfer Eric Remedi | Signed from CA Banfield in 2018 | Fee: $1.93m &copyAtlanta United FC


Leandro González Pírez | Signed from Estudiantes in 2017 | Fee: $2m &copyInter Miami CF


Héctor Villalba | Signed from San Lorenzo in 2016 | Fee: $2.75m &copyAtlanta United FC


Alan Franco | Signed from Independiente in 2021 | Fee: $2.8m &copyimago images


Franco Ibarra | Signed from Argentinos Juniors in 2021 | Fee: $3m &copyAtlanta United


Erik López | Signed from Olimpia in 2020 | Fee: $3.7m &copyimago images


Josef Martínez | Signed from Torino in 2017 | Fee: $4.95m &copyAtlanta United FC


Santiago Sosa | Signed from River Plate in 2021 | Fee: $5.45m &copyimago images


Marcelino Moreno | Signed from Lanús in 2020 | Fee: $7m &copyAtlanta United


Miguel Almirón | Signed from Lanús in 2017 | Fee: $8.25m &copyimago images


Luiz Araújo | Signed from Lille in 2021 | Fee: $12m &copyimago images


Ezequiel Barco | Signed from Independiente in 2018 | Fee: $13.5m &copyKatie Gillen/Atlanta United


Pity Martínez | Signed from River Plate in 2019 | Fee: $15.95m &copyAtlanta United FC


Thiago Almada | Signed from Velez Sarsfield in 2022 | Fee: $16m &copyfotobaires.com


Update Dec. 3:Velez Sarsfield have confirmed the transfer of Thiago Almada to Atlanta United. At the same time, the Argentine first division club confirmed the transfer fee of $16 million on Twitter on Friday. According to the press release, Thiago Almada will join Atlanta in February. An official confirmation from Atlanta United is still pending. That same evening Atlanta United, however, reacted heavily denying that a transfer was already complete. Instead, the club wrote on Twitter that they have an option to sign Almada in the new year. Atlanta’s statement is likely due to salary cap implications.

Update Nov. 8:Almada has confirmed that he will join Atlanta United in January.“I’ll join to Atlanta United in January transfer window, its true,” Almada said on Monday to the TyC Sports show Paso a Paso. “The deal is done but no official yet”.

As reported in August by Transfermarkt, an agreement was reached ahead of the MLS Secondary Transfer Window deadline day. But the deal’s structure meant that a summer deal was impossible with both sides agreeing to complete the transfer in the winter—Atlanta United then opted to sign Luiz Araújo instead. Thiago Almada’s market value is $22 million, which, once completed, would make him the most valuable player in MLS.

Market Value Thiago Almada T. Almada Attacking Midfield €18.00m

The Thiago Almada deal, however, will lead to some significant restructuring at the Five Stripes. One player who could be moved this winter to make room under the salary cap isEzequiel Barco. Barco cost €13.5 million when he was signed from Independiente in 2018. The 22-year-old has scored seven goals and five assists in 24 MLS games this season in what has been his best year at the club. That spike in production might have come just in time. Despite playing a decent campaign, Barco has been underwhelming in Atlanta overall.

Thiago Almada, Martínez, Velasco & Co. – The 25 most valuable MLS players Cristian Arango | LAFC | Market value: $6.6m &copyimago images


Santiago Sosa | Atlanta United | Market value: $6.6m &copyConcacaf


Facundo Torres | Orlando City | Market value: $6.6m &copyimago images


Efraín Álvarez | Los Angeles Galaxy | Market value: $6.6m &copyimago images


Hany Mukhtar | Nashville SC | Market value: $7.15m &copyimago images


Ryan Gauld | Vancouver Whitecaps | Market value: $7.15m &copyimago images


José Cifuentes | Los Angeles FC | Market value: $7.15m &copyimago images


Carles Gil | New England Revolution | Market value: $7.7m &copyMatthew Stith/MLS


Sebastián Driussi | Austin FC | Market value: $7.7m &copyimago images


Adam Buksa | New England Revolution | Market value: $7.7m &copyimago images


Valentín Castellanos | New York City FC | Market value: $7.7m &copyimago images


Brenner | FC Cincinnati | Market value: $7.7m &copyimago images


Talles Magno | New York City FC | Market value: $7.7m &copyimago images


Dániel Sallói | Sporting Kansas City | Market value: $8.25m &copyimago images


Raúl Ruidíaz | Seattle Sounders | Market value; $8.8m &copyimago images


Xherdan Shaqiri | Olympique Lyon | Market value: $8.8m &copyimago images


Alan Pulido | Sporting Kansas City | Market value: $8.8m &copySporting Kansas City


Alejandro Pozuelo | Toronto FC | Market value: $8.8m &copyimago images


Lucas Zelarayán | Columbus Crew | Market value: $8.8m &copyimago images


Marcelino Moreno | Atlanta United | Market value: $8.8m &copyimago images


Luiz Araujo | Atlanta United | Market value: $11m &copyimago images


Emmanuel Reynoso | Minnesota United | Market value: $11m &copyimago images


Alan Velasco | FC Dallas | Market value: $13.2m &copyfotobaires.com


Josef Martínez | Atlanta United | Market value: $13.75m &copyimago images


Thiago Almada | Atlanta United | Market value: $22m &copyfotobaires.com


Vélez Sarsfield confirm Thiago Almada transfer – Atlanta United deny report