Harrison, 21, was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 SuperDraft and follows the 2015 No. 1 pick Cyle Larin to Europe to the same day. Larin was sold by Orlando City to Besiktas of
Harrison scored 14 goals in two seasons and helped NYCFC make the MLS playoffs in both seasons, its second and third in the league. His play earned him a call-up to England's U-21 national team.
Transfer Fee. Sources told Goal.com that NYCFC will receive a $6 million transfer fee for Harrison in a deal that also includes performance bonuses and a sell-on clause. Manchester City beat out Stoke City for Harrison. NYCFC and Manchester City are both operated by City Football Group.
“Of course, it’s sad to see Jack go but at the same time, we recognize this is an opportunity that he felt ready for and wanted," NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. "Most importantly, we’re extremely confident that we’re heading into this new season with a very strong squad. We have great improvements across the team after several exciting signings during this off season, including across our front line where we believe we have creative players and goal scorers."
Middlesbrough entered Tuesday in eighth place in the Championship.
"I can't wait to get started over here," Harrison said, who moved from Manchester United's academy program to attend boarding school. "I'm looking forward to testing myself in England. Middlesbrough are a good club, with Premier League experience, and they're in the mix for a return via the playoffs this season."
After Jack. NYCFC has signed Paraguayan Jesus Medina to a Young Designated Player contract, as well as Ismael Tajouri from Austria Wien and Norwegian Jo Inge Berget.