The Argentine will apparently head stateside for a medical soon.
Just days after rumors began heating up about Atlanta United making an offer for Velez Sarsfield prized prospect Thiago Almada, we have reports that the two clubs have agreed in principle to a transfer.
Vélez acordó de palabra la venta de la totalidad del pase de Thiago Almada al Atlanta United .
*️⃣Están cruzando los contratos y, cuando regrese de Tokio, viajará para la revisión médica y firma. #TratoHecho pic.twitter.com/yfGWbcuoRW
— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) July 28, 2021
Several prominent journalists out of Argentina are reporting on Wednesday that the Five Stripes have agreed a transfer fee of around $15 million for the 20-year-old attacking dynamo.
La transferencia ronda los U$S15M y #Velez se queda con un % de una futura venta del excedente.
— Germán García Grova (@GerGarciaGrova) July 28, 2021
Almada and Argentina were eliminated from the Olympics today after crashing out of the group stage. According to the reports, he’ll soon travel to the U.S. to complete his medical and wrap up the particulars of the deal before it’s completed.
The deal seems to be so far advanced that Mr. Here We Go himself Fabrizio Romano is even in on the reporting.
Paperworks and contract signature could take place after the Olympics, as @CLMerlo reported.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 28, 2021
The transfer fee being thrown out is obviously quite high and would normally require a Designated Player slot for the player to join. However, due to his age, Almada could possibly be added to the Atlanta roster under the new U-22 initiative introduced this season that allows teams to pay a huge fee for younger players.
While the deal is still a few steps away from being done, it appears increasingly likely that Atlanta United are very close to adding some much-needed firepower to their attack.