The Andre Horta pursuit is still on.
Multiple sources, including Kristian Dyer, Jeff Carlisle, as well those close to Angels on Parade, have indicated a deal is complete for Los Angeles Football Club to sign Horta. The Portuguese midfielder was signed on a $7 million transfer fee from Benfica and will earn about $1 million per year, according to Carlisle on ESPN on Saturday, making him a Designated Player.
While the deal is done and may be announced in a matter of days, Horta will likely not be able to join LAFC in the primary transfer window, as Braga have persistently refused to cancel the loan deal with Horta for the season, which runs through May and beyond the MLS primary window. That means he would not be eligible until the secondary window opens in July. Braga could have a change of heart, but with the primary window closing on May 1 and the Primeira Liga season running through May 13, it seems unlikely Braga will cut him loose early, even if they are out of the Europa League and domestic cup competitions at this point.
If his paperwork is wrapped up in time and he’s healthy, if he arrives in July the first game he would be eligible would be July 15 at home against the Portland Timbers.
So that pursuit appears to be wrapped up. While the team has not officially confirmed it, our own reporting is directly in line with that of Dyer and Carlisle, so it appears to be a done deal. Now? Let’s see when the player will be able to suit up for his new team.
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