Minnesota United technical director Manny Lagos has flown to Colombia to fulfill with Deportivo Cali officers to debate the potential switch of Nicolas Benedetti, MLS sources have instructed ESPN FC.
Lagos flew down on Wednesday in an try and finalize the week-long negotiation course of for the attacking midfielder, sources stated. Minnesota United didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Paul Tenorio reported final week that the second-year MLS facet supplied $four million for Benedetti, however his membership had positioned an $eight million price ticket on the Colombian.
Sources with information of the negotiations say Cali walked away early within the week however then reached out to Minnesota once more to try to discover a compromise. It is believed switch charge would now most certainly be between $5-7m, whereas Benedetti’s wage would additionally should be negotiated.
Benedetti can be far and away Minnesota’s highest-profile acquisition so far. The Colombia youth worldwide made 30 begins throughout all competitions for Cali in 2017, scoring six objectives and including 9 assists.
Benedetti, 20, was named to Colombia’s provisional roster for the 2016 Copa America Centenario however didn’t make the ultimate roster. Final spring, his title popped up in switch rumors as he was linked to La Liga facet Sevilla.
Minnesota United made its MLS debut within the 2017 season. Constructing their roster on an abbreviated timeline, the Loons made their greatest worldwide acquisitions in two areas of the world: Scandinavia and Costa Rica. Their highest-paid participant, Vadim Demidov, earned $550,000 and solely made three begins at center-back for Minnesota, with the crew conceding 16 objectives in these 270 minutes.
Nevertheless, there have been higher returns from the Costa Rican contingency. Heart-back Francisco Calvo took over as membership captain for Demidov, making 27 begins — essentially the most within the crew alongside Brent Kallman — and cementing his place as a favourite to make the Ticos‘ World Cup squad.
The Loons recovered from a traditionally poor opening month to complete ninth within the Western Convention. They’ve had a quiet offseason to date, solely buying Tyrone Mears, Harrison Heath, and Cameroonian worldwide Frantz Pangop past their busy MLS SuperDraft haul.
Minnesota will open its second MLS marketing campaign on March three towards San Jose.
Jeff Rueter is a St. Paul-based author for ESPN FC and likewise contributes to The Guardian, FourFourTwo and Howler. Twitter: @jeffrueter.