Record deal: Independiente signals Barco's move to MLS's Atlanta United

Argentine club Independiente bid farewell to 18-year-old midfield star Ezequiel Barco, signaling that it had reached an agreement with Atlanta United for his transfer.

Citing sources, ESPN reported Independiente agreed to sell Barco for $15 million -- which would shatter the record for an MLS transfer fee -- plus 30 percent of any future transfer before Dec. 2019, or 10 percent if Atlanta United sells him after that.

Barco's penalty kick gave Independiente a 1-1 tie against Brazil's Flamengo at Maracana Stadium that clinched the 2017 Copa Sudamericana title, 3-2, on aggregate in the final.

Independiente was a giant of Argentine and South American soccer in the 1960s and 1970s but only now enjoying a resurgence.

Independiente sent Barco a farewell message: "You came here a boy, you grew up in the pension and you leave a champion. Everything can happen, but glory is eternal. Thanks and the best of luck, Ezequiel!"
1 comment about "Record deal: Independiente signals Barco's move to MLS's Atlanta United".
  1. beautiful game, January 13, 2018 at 11:55 a.m.

    The usaul path for South American youth players with "potential" is through the Dutch league as a stepping stone to big Euro-clubs. Tata must have been a big influence on Barco's decision. Barco better get ready for a tough physical experience in the MLS.

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