The chase is on for FC Dallas as they continue to work on signing Colombian attacker Santiago Mosquera from Millonarios.
On Tuesday, FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo downplayed the potential acquisition on MLSSoccer.com.
“We’ve been linked to a lot of teams lately,” Fernando Clavijo said. “Some of them have some merit, some of them don’t. He’s one of the players of interest. We haven’t reached anything with the player. Is it someone that we’ve scouted? Of course. Hopefully, we can come to some kind of terms. We’re just working on it. We have been back and forth talking. That’s it.”
But shortly after that report came out, a slew of tweets hit the web telling a different story. Mosquera was not seen with Millonarios over the last couple of days and as this first tweet shows, he has already left the team.
#Millonarios assistant coach Hugo Gottardi just confirmed in their press conference that Santiago Mosquera is leaving. They knew he could be sold at any time, "but in football no one is indispensable." The 22 year old attacker's move to #FCDallas appears imminent. #FCD #MLS https://t.co/FjQJHtxRlX— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) February 7, 2018
The move appears imminent down south. You don’t move out of an apartment for nothing either.
But the bigger news in all of this could come down to the cost. Previously, it was reported that FCD was going to spend upwards of $4 million to secure his transfer into MLS. Now it looks like that number is lowering a good bit.
Finalmente, Millonarios vendió el 80% del pase de Harold Santiago Mosquera en 1,7 millones de dólares. Además recibirá 250mil dólares por derechos de formación, y firmó variables por rendimiento del jugador durante sus dos primeros años #ElAlargue pic.twitter.com/PtkHd5GjA2— Julián Capera (@JulianCaperaB) February 7, 2018
Either way, if Mosquera lands with FCD he will likely take up the open Designated Player slot on the roster that was just freed with the loan of Anibal Chala. Having him as a Young DP would help the club in terms of the salary cap as he would only cost the team $200k against it.
So far the move seems like it is a go too. Fans in Colombia that are less than thrilled with this news too which adds a little more fuel to the fire that it is happening. Even with Clavijo’s downplay of the talks, there is still plenty of time for this to happen.
It is important to note that the league’s transfer window for this period actually opens up today and runs through the first of May, while Colombia’s transfer window for this period closes on Friday. So the clock is ticking in that regards.
EDIT: Here are some more details on this deal with another tweet:
More details reported of Santiago Mosquera's impending move to #FCDallas:— Jason Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) February 7, 2018
>$2.1M total transfer fee for 80% of his rights
>$1.75M directly to #Millonarios
>$350K to his youth training clubs
>Could rise to $3.1M with performance variables#FCD #MLS https://t.co/DvM9RtGX8c