Medina had been linked to Manchester
City on a $4 million transfer but will instead join City Football Group affiliate NYCFC as a Young Designated Player. He will be NYCFC's third Designated Player along with David Villa and
Maxi Moralez. Andrea Pirlo, the third DP in 2017, retired.
Medina has scored 17 goals in 74 appearances for Club Libertad since debuting at the age of 15. NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira termed Medina a “special talent" who can develop at NYCFC.
“Jesus has got talent," Vieira said. "he’s got pace, he’s a really good dribbler, and he’s somebody who can assist and score goals as well. For a player of such a young age, he has a really strong character and I think he will be a great addition.”
New York City FC:
IN: Anton Tinnerholm (Malmo/SWE, free), Saad Abdul-Salaam (Sporting KC, trade), Brad Stuver (Columbus Crew, trade), Jesus Medina (Club Libertad/PAR).
OUT: Andrea Pirlo (retired), RJ Allen (Orlando City, trade), Frederic Brillant (D.C. United, trade), Miguel Camargo, Shannon Gomez, Eirik Johansen, Mikey Lopez, Jefferson Mena, Sean Okoli, Andraz Struna, John Stertzer, Ethan White, Khiry Shelton (Sporting KC, trade).
Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson, Andre Rawls, Brad Stuver.
Defenders: Saad Abdul-Salaam, Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, Ronald Matarrita, James Sands, Ben Sweat, Anton Tinnerholm.
Midfielders: Kwame Awuah, Yangel Herrera, Tommy McNamara, Jesus Medina, Maxi Moralez, Alex Ring.
Forwards: Jack Harrison, Jonathan Lewis, David Villa, Rodney Wallace.