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 ©Atlanta United FC
Leandro González Pírez | Signed from Estudiantes in 2017 | Fee: $2m ©Inter Miami CF
Héctor Villalba | Signed from San Lorenzo in 2016 | Fee: $2.75m ©Atlanta United FC
Alan Franco | Signed from Independiente in 2021 | Fee: $2.8m ©imago images
Franco Ibarra | Signed from Argentinos Juniors in 2021 | Fee: $3m ©Atlanta United
Erik López | Signed from Olimpia in 2020 | Fee: $3.7m ©imago images
Josef Martínez | Signed from Torino in 2017 | Fee: $4.95m ©Atlanta United FC
Santiago Sosa | Signed from River Plate in 2021 | Fee: $5.45m ©imago images
Marcelino Moreno | Signed from Lanús in 2020 | Fee: $7m ©Atlanta United
Miguel Almirón | Signed from Lanús in 2017 | Fee: $8.25m ©imago images
Luiz Araújo | Signed from Lille in 2021 | Fee: $12m ©imago images
Ezequiel Barco | Signed from Independiente in 2018 | Fee: $13.5m ©Katie Gillen/Atlanta United
Pity Martínez | Signed from River Plate in 2019 | Fee: $15.95m ©Atlanta United FC
Thiago Almada | Signed from Velez Sarsfield in 2022 | Fee: $16m ©fotobaires.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.
We have seen reports about Thiago Almada. We have not committed to acquiring the player at this time; we can confirm that we retain an exclusive option to permanently transfer the player. The option extends into 2022. We will have no further comment on the player at this time.
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 4, 2021
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 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 ©imago images
Santiago Sosa | Atlanta United | Market value: $6.6m ©Concacaf
Facundo Torres | Orlando City | Market value: $6.6m ©imago images
Efraín Álvarez | Los Angeles Galaxy | Market value: $6.6m ©imago images
Hany Mukhtar | Nashville SC | Market value: $7.15m ©imago images
Ryan Gauld | Vancouver Whitecaps | Market value: $7.15m ©imago images
José Cifuentes | Los Angeles FC | Market value: $7.15m ©imago images
Carles Gil | New England Revolution | Market value: $7.7m ©Matthew Stith/MLS
Sebastián Driussi | Austin FC | Market value: $7.7m ©imago images
Adam Buksa | New England Revolution | Market value: $7.7m ©imago images
Valentín Castellanos | New York City FC | Market value: $7.7m ©imago images
Brenner | FC Cincinnati | Market value: $7.7m ©imago images
Talles Magno | New York City FC | Market value: $7.7m ©imago images
Dániel Sallói | Sporting Kansas City | Market value: $8.25m ©imago images
Raúl Ruidíaz | Seattle Sounders | Market value; $8.8m ©imago images
Xherdan Shaqiri | Olympique Lyon | Market value: $8.8m ©imago images
Alan Pulido | Sporting Kansas City | Market value: $8.8m ©Sporting Kansas City
Alejandro Pozuelo | Toronto FC | Market value: $8.8m ©imago images
Lucas Zelarayán | Columbus Crew | Market value: $8.8m ©imago images
Marcelino Moreno | Atlanta United | Market value: $8.8m ©imago images
Luiz Araujo | Atlanta United | Market value: $11m ©imago images
Emmanuel Reynoso | Minnesota United | Market value: $11m ©imago images
Alan Velasco | FC Dallas | Market value: $13.2m ©fotobaires.com
Josef Martínez | Atlanta United | Market value: $13.75m ©imago images
Thiago Almada | Atlanta United | Market value: $22m ©fotobaires.com
Vélez Sarsfield confirm Thiago Almada transfer – Atlanta United deny report