TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Report
ESPN.com reported on Friday that Independiente have reached a transfer agreement with Atlanta over Barco, the talented 18-year-old Argentine that the MLS club has been pursuing heavily this offseason. The deal for the attacking midfielder allegedly includes a transfer fee worth $ 15 million and 30 percent of any future transfer before December 2019, which will become 10 percent for any future transfer that takes place in 2020 or beyond.
Confirmado: Ezequiel Barco se va al Atlanta United. Independiente recibirá 15 millones de dólares más el 30% de una futura venta hasta diciembre de 2019. Si la transacción se da a partir del 2020 al Rojo le quedará un 10 %. pic.twitter.com/JIHmBbN2W5
— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) January 12, 2018
Independiente later posted a congratulatory message to Barco on his departure, without specifying any details.
Llegaste como un chico. Te formaste en la pensión y te vas como un hombre campeón.
Todo pasa, la gloria es eterna.
— C. A. Independiente (@Independiente) January 12, 2018
Barco is coming off an impressive season with Independiente in which he helped the Argentine side win the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s equivalent to the UEFA Europa League. He has started five of the eight league games he has played in and scored once in the current campaign. Last season, he netted four goals in 30 Superliga appearances.