Last week it was revealed that Atlanta United were searching Argentina and Mexico for “big names” to fill their third and final Designated Player slot. In the post for that piece of news, we speculated that Club America’s recent transfer listed star, Darwin Quintero, could be one of the options that fits the profile.
Now we have more concrete evidence that’s the case aside from our wild dreams and speculation. FOX Deportes reports that the 29-year-old is all but assured to leave Liga MX now that the inner-league transaction period has past with Quintero remaining at America where he doesn’t seem to be in manager Ricardo La Volpe’s plans.
They state that MLS is the most likely destination for him, with three teams being interested in acquiring the Colombian attacker. The only club they mention by name is Atlanta United.
One obstacle noted by the report is Quintero’s wage demands. He was reportedly making around $1.8 million with Club America. That type of salary would make him a Designated Player in MLS. It’s unclear whether or not teams value him at that level or see him as more of a Targeted Allocation Money type of signing.
Soon we’ll find out if his move to MLS comes to fruition. Will Atlanta be the one to make it happen? We shall see...
Let us know in the comments if you think Darwin Quintero would be a good addition to the club and if you think he’s worth a DP spot.