Thiago Almada has reached a total agreement for his transfer from Velez Sarsfield to MLS club Atlanta United. The player will become the most expensive transfer in the history of the American league, with a price tag worth $16 million.
While Velez have announced the transfer of the talented youngster, Atlanta have still not confirmed the arrival of the player. Here is what they said to the Athletic:
“We have seen reports that we have finalized a deal to acquire Thiago Almada,” the club said. “We can confirm that we retain an exclusive option to permanently transfer (Almada). The option extends into 2022. We will have no further comment on the player at this time.”
In 93 total games for Vélez, Almada managed to score 24 goals and provide 10 assists across all competitions. He was also a part of the Argentina squad that competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Given such a big price tag, a lot will be expected from the midfielder since he will be the most expensive transfer in the MLS. This season, he has scored 9 goals and provided 6 assists across 36 appearances in all competitions. His maturity will also be tested since he is only 20 years old and is one of the most valued players in the league.
Almada had a number of European clubs interested in his services, but has decided to join Atlanta for the next four years. The player’s contract will run through 2022 to 2026.