In yet another twist to the Ezequiel Barco tale, Argentine network TyC Sports is reporting that the promising winger will speak with Independiente coach Ariel Holan and recently re-elected vice president Hugo Moyano to ask the club to accept Atlanta United’s offer.
Moyano claims “the offer came, but a deal isn’t done. There is no possibility of it going for $12 million.” This change of heart likely has a lot to do with Barco’s terrific performances in the Copa Sudamericana, which saw the Argentine score a decisive penalty to clinch Independiente’s first title since 2010. Barco is reportedly being pursued by several European clubs as well.
Yesterday, rumors surfaced that Moyano had put a $20 million price tag on Barco and would not settle for anything less. It would be tough to imagine Atlanta matching Independiente’s desired transfer fee, but perhaps Barco’s pleads to a club he’s done a lot for recently will help force a move.
The offseason is alive and well, people. Stay tuned...