Barco Watch is slowly devolving into Barco Madness as Atlanta United have reportedly had another improved, incentive-laden transfer offer for the 18-year-old rejected by Independiente.
Reputable South American news outlet Clarin reports that Barco is very angry after his club have rejected Atlanta’s second reported offer that features several, easily-attainable add-ons.
Here’s an overall outline of what Atlanta’s offer entailed:
$14 million in guaranteed money, plus $3 million in bonuses for objectives + 30% of future sale if it's before the end of 2019. Bonuses would include $12 million at the time of the sale, $1 million in a year’s time, $500,000 if he appears in six games in 2019, $1 million more if he plays six in 2020 and $500,000 each if he scores a goal in MLS and Atlanta wins MLS Cup.
Despite the greatly increased sell-on percentage and added bonuses, Independiente are said to not be impressed by the offer and don’t think it’s much different from the original one. $24 million is the price tag they are said to be wanting for Barco.
Clarin says that Barco will meet with his representatives and decide what action to take from here. They also speculate that he and his team could put pressure on the team’s ownership to sell him.
Where does this leave us? Waiting. We’ll have to wait and see how each party reacts to this latest rejection. Stay tuned...