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Thiago Almada to join Atlanta United in January, per reports

The deal is said to be done but the arrival had to be delayed.

Velez v Lanus - Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2020 Photo by Alejandro Pagni - Pool/Getty Images

Thiago Almada didn’t arrive in Atlanta ahead of the MLS Transfer Deadline like previously assumed. However, according to reports, the 20-year-old will become an Atlanta United player in January.

Esteemed journalist Cesar Luis Merlo out of Argentina reported on Friday that the deal is all but wrapped up but due to paperwork issues, most notably Almada not being able to obtain a visa until September, it won’t be officially completed until the winter transfer window opens.

Merlo goes on to state that Almada will sign a contract with the Five Stripes through December 2025 with an option of some sort tacked onto the end. Previous reports suggest that Atlanta will shell out yet another hefty transfer fee of around $16 million for the young attacker.

Almada’s compatriot and current Atlanta United Designated Player Ezequiel Barco commented on his Argentina U-23 teammate’s potential move to the club during Friday’s media availability. Barco stated that Almada talked with him about the club while at the Olympics last month and that the Velez player was ready to make the move.

All signs point to Almada officially becoming an Atlanta United in the upcoming offseason. Barring some unforeseen circumstance, that should come to pass. Now it’s just a matter of how the club will go about fitting him in to the already jam-packed roster.

For an in-depth scouting report on what type of player Atlanta could be getting next season, check out the great review from Total Football Analysis below.