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Barco not leaving for less than $20 million, claims Independiente VP

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SHOW ME THE MONEY!

Flamengo v Independiente - Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2017 Final Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Adding to an already silly transfer saga, the Vice President of Independiente, Pablo Moyano, confirms that an offer for Ezequiel Barco has been made in the amount of around $14 million, but that the club doesn’t want to sell the 18-year-old for less than $20 million.

The $14 million offer is presumably that of Atlanta United. The statement could be posturing or a real attempt to get more money for the club’s prized winger. It could also be the club’s front office trying to save face after Independiente supporters reacted negatively to the idea of Barco moving to MLS. Rumors of Atletico Madrid entering the race to sign Barco could have spurned on this sudden rise in price.

It seems that a fee in the range of $20 million would only come from a club in Europe, which would appease those in Argentina who generally believe the club deserves more in return for Barco, and believe Barco deserves better than MLS. More than doubling the fee originally reported seems a bit much, though.

Stay tuned...