We reported on Carlos Carmona’s possible signing by Atlanta United last night, and more reports continue to come out of Chile about his decision to come to MLS rather than sign with Universidad de Chile.
People have asked if it’s possible to get both Carmona and Josef Martinez. There will be complications regarding the international slots as the club is near their allotment of nine (they started with eight and added one more in a trade with the Colorado Rapids). Players that are currently in international slots will either needed to be traded, released, or more slots will be needed. With two more on the way in addition to the potential eleven in international slots now, the front office will have some work to do.
From a salary cap perspective, Carmona’s release from Atalanta makes it possible. A transfer fee would have likely bumped Carmona’s cap hit over the TAM threshold of $1 million per year. Reports have his salary at Atalanta at $750,000 per year. It would be unlikely to see him signed to a larger contract here, TAM should be able to be used in this acquisition.
There are still some moving parts to get everything done, but Atlanta United could be adding two more national team players from South America very shortly.
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