The list of potential suitors for Ezequiel Barco’s signature is rapidly growing. If reports are to be believed, Atlanta United have now set their price for the highly-desired youngster.
According to Italian outlet CalcioMercato, the Five Stripes will let Barco leave for a transfer fee of $25 million.
While not on the Miguel Almiron scale, if Atlanta were to complete a deal around this figure, it would be quite a hefty return on the reported initial $15 million investment in Barco.
The rumor mill surrounding the 20-year-old Argentine is heating up with Italian giants Roma and Inter Milan reportedly joining the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Sporting CP, Valencia and Benfica to be linked with interest.
Atlanta may find themselves in a bit of a dilemma this winter when it comes to whether or not to sell Barco. The summer transfer window is always going to be easier to complete a deal. However, with Barco in strong contention to represent Argentina at the Olympics, it could hinder a summer deal. Perhaps that could motivate the Atlanta decision makers to consider accepting an offer that meets their standards should they come in this winter.
As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt. But, $25 million seems a reasonable target for Barco considering where he is in his career and development path.
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