Ezequiel Barco said Wednesday that he will join Atlanta United, according to a report by a South American news organization.
Barco, 18, confirmed he will join the MLS club after Wednesday’s game with Independiente in the Copa Sudamericana tournament. Barco scored a goal on a penalty kick in the game.
The website depor.com wrote after the game:
“Barco, una de las últimas joyas surgidas de las categorías inferiores de Independiente, afirmó en declaraciones al final del partido que en la próxima temporada jugará para el Atlanta United, de la Major Leage Soccer de Estados Unidos.”
Translated by Google:
“Barco, one of the latest jewels emerged from the lower categories of Independiente, said in statements at the end of the game that next season will play for Atlanta United, Major League Soccer of the United States.”
Barco has been linked with Atlanta United for several weeks, with a reported transfer fee of between $14-16 million, which would set an MLS record.
He is considered one of the world’s top young talents.
Atlanta United has declined to comment on any acquisitions until the player is under contract.
The team this offseason has added midfielder Darlington Nagbe, defender Franco Escobar and fullback Jose Hernandez and re-signed fullback Greg Garza, defensive midfielder Jeff Larentowicz.