It has been a week now since the news broke that FC Dallas midfielder Fabian Castillo would be leaving the team to work on a transfer to Turkish side Trabzonspor.
We’ve seen the first rumor of $1-2 million go up to around $4 million with sell-on clauses and other things. We’ve also seen talk of Castillo returning in 2017 should the Turkish side not be able to pay up for the Colombian’s services.
Once again SI.com’s Brian Straus has some new clues that let us know where things stand with this deal.
Fabian Castillo saga update: There have been questions re his salary, which MLSPU reports as base of $156K. It's much more than that. 1/3— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) July 29, 2016
In fact, Castillo in 1st season of 5-year deal starting at base around $700K. He signed, so FCD prob assumed commitment = contentment. 2/3— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) July 29, 2016
But FC wants Trabzonspor, pushed for move. So $4M fee agreed. Still not finalized. Uncertain whether Trabzon can/will pay full amt. 3/3— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) July 29, 2016
So like it said, it is still not finalized. The transfer window is set to close in a few days but I would imagine if a deal is pending that won’t matter a whole lot.
Still, the money is the big issue and FC Dallas (and likely MLS) are sticking to their guns about it. Which is good to see if you ask me. It isn’t that they aren’t letting Castillo go here but they are making sure they get at least a fair amount of money in return for giving him up this summer.
The other thing worth noting is that second tweet about Castillo’s current MLS salary. Yes he is on the MLSPU list at a much lower rate than what Designated Player makes but that is the first time I’ve seen $700k floated around as a base salary for him, which makes way more sense to me.
All we can do is wait and watch right now with what is going on. What do you all make of FCD sticking to their guns about the transfer fee? Happy to see them not budge here?