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Atlanta delays transfer of Thiago Almada

Finally the epilogue of the long soap opera Thiago Almada? In a tweet published on the night of Friday to Saturday, Vélez, the Argentinian midfielder club, announced an agreement with MLS “for the definitive transfer of the federative rights of Thiago Almada to the benefit of Atlanta United FC”. Even delivering the details of the deal: “The amount of the operation is 16,000,000 US $ (a little over 14 M €, editor’s note). The agreement would come into force at the beginning of February 2022”.

Courted with insistence by OM last summer, the 20-year-old would therefore be leaving for the American franchise. But in this file that goes on forever, be careful not to confuse speed and haste. Indeed, a few hours after the officialization of Vélez, the American franchise explained that nothing had yet been concluded: “We have seen reports on Thiago Almada. We have not made a commitment to acquire the player at this time; we can confirm that we are retaining an exclusive option to permanently transfer the player. The option extends until 2022. We will not be making any further comments on the player at this time. ”

For his part, Thiago Almada came out of the silence in an interview with ESPN after the meeting between Vélez and Patronato last night. “I wanted to try another experience. It was time to take a leap. Today was my last game with our supporters. I have one game left, I want to play it. After that, I will focus on the other club “, explained Almada, who thus confirmed his departure from Vélez after the last day of the Argentinian championship, which will take place on December 12, without giving more details on his future destination.

While Atlanta United already has three so-called designated players – namely players who receive a salary greater than the ceiling imposed by the MLS – the American franchise will potentially have to reduce this quota there before being able to consider a final signing of Thiago Almada, expected. for many months. That’s good, Ezequiel Barco, designated player, is announced on the departure …

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