FC Dallas got a much deserved day off from training on Monday (and Tuesday). While players were off, the club was still busy sorting out the details of a possible transfer deal that will send All-Star Fabian Castillo to Turkish side Trabzonspor.
SI.com’s Brian Straus has new details that about this move that are even more interesting than when this first became a rumor last month.
The deal could be finalized on Tuesday and is not a straightforward transfer, SI.com understands. Trabzonspor will pay around $2 million to secure Castillo’s services for the next six months. It then must pay another $2 million before or during January 2017 to seal a permanent move. If that second check isn’t written, Castillo’s rights would remain with Dallas. The transaction is a transfer at heart–that's the intention and understanding on both sides–but in practice it's a loan until the entire fee is paid.
Yes, you read that correctly, Castillo could return to Dallas in 2017 if the Turkish side doesn’t send the money. Like the last few words of that paragraph mention, in a small way this is a loan until the check clears for FCD.
It is hard to tell what that kind of move could do to the young player but at least we know that FCD would retain his player rights in this situation. Usually when a MLS teams sells a player to an overseas club, they don’t retain their MLS rights.
This is certainly an interesting development in this story. What do you make of these new details? Bummed that it could mean we lose Castillo for just a few months and then get him back?