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Official: Yamil Asad joins D.C. United; Atlanta United receives allocation monies

It’s done.

MLS: Toronto FC at Atlanta United FC Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Update (2/13): It’s now a done deal. Good luck in D.C., Yamil.

Atlanta acquires:

$200,000 General Allocation Money (GAM) and $100,000 Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) paid in 2018 and an additional $100,000 GAM and $100,000 TAM paid in 2019. In addition, Atlanta can also receive $100,000 in GAM if Asad appears in at least one MLS match in 2020

After reports suggesting Minnesota United were interested in acquiring Yamil Asad’s rights from Atlanta United came and went, it seems another team has stepped in to complete a move. Paul Tenorio of ESPN is reporting that Atlanta United have sold the young Argentine playmaker’s rights to D.C. United for at least $500,000 in allocation money.

D.C. will acquire Asad on a one-year loan from Velez with an option to buy, paying $300,000 now and $700,000 for a full transfer at the end of the season. That matches the $1 million option that Atlanta had available to them last campaign.

The report goes into detail concerning the discussions had between Atlanta and Asad, with the Five Stripes offering the 23-year-old more than double his $150,000 wage from last season, with multiple guaranteed years on the potential contract. After negotiations fell through, Atlanta was open to hearing offers from other clubs for his rights.

If the reports are true, best of luck to Asad. Although he’ll be in a different kit on March 11th, one can assume Mercedes-Benz Stadium will have a warm welcome ready.