Los Angeles Football Club have a coveted Designated Player spot open with the sale of Andre Horta earlier this summer, and reports emerged on Thursday that the club will sign Uruguayan attacker Brian Rodriguez.
The 19-year-old plays for Peñarol, one of the titans of Uruguay and the former club of Diego Rossi, and featured for Uruguay at the U-20 World Cup earlier this summer in Poland. Truth be told, he hasn’t played a ton of games so far, only about 30 in his fledgling career, but he’s a regarded prospect in Uruguay, a veritable factory of talent.
ATENCION...!#Peñarol vendió a Brian Rodríguez a @LAFC por 11.500.000 dólares en una transferencia récord. La negociacion la llevó acabo el Presidente Jorge Barrera con Isaac Alfie. #MLS @MartinCharquero pic.twitter.com/FQPkQgWnon— Elmer Polanco (@PolancoESA) July 25, 2019
The transfer fee? Said to be $11.5 million, a whopping number that would nearly double the reported fee LAFC paid for Horta last year. It would be just a tier below the top transfer fees paid all time in MLS, too.
Taylor Twellman of ESPN reported that John Thorrington was working to get the deal done in South America.
Angels on Parade reached out for comment from the team, and LAFC declined to officially comment on these reports. That doesn’t necessarily mean much, every rumor is different, but given the sourcing here, the fact that the report is picking up steam very quickly, and the quality of those sources, I think there’s some real smoke here. We’ll see what happens, and if LAFC will be making a splash on a youngster, but we’ll keep you posted on developments.
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