Instant Insight: Multiple Reports Have Barco to Atlanta a Done Deal

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

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.

"You arrived as a kid".

Independiente sent Barco a farewell message: "You came here a boy, you grew up in the pension and you leave a champion".

The Major League Soccer side paid $15 million for the Argentine Under-20 global, according to ESPN, besting an MLS record that was set when Toronto FC spent $10 million for Michael Bradley in 2013. "Thanks and success, Ezequiel!"

It has been widely reported that Barco will cost $15million, surpassing MLS' record signing of Michael Bradley, who joined Toronto FC for $10m in 2014. Only a year ago, Atlanta also spent about $8.5 million to acquire Paraguayan standout Miguel Almiron from another Argentina club, Lanus.

Barco, who was under contract with Independiente until June 2019, helped his club win the Copa Sudamericana - South America's second largest global tournament - by scoring a penalty in the second leg of the final against Flamengo in December.

Barco has been a revelation for the club since breaking into the first-team during the 2016-17 Superliga season, scoring five goals and providing as many assists. The deal is said to be the second largest in Independiente history after they sold Sergio Aguero to Atletico Madrid in 2006.

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