Summer is heating up and in the global soccer world that means transfer windows are open and transfer rumors abound. Over the summer, this weekly column will round up all the incoming and outgoing transfers and rumors involving FC Dallas.
CONFIRMED: Carlos Gruezo to FC Augsburg
Thank you, Carlos.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) July 3, 2019
The main outgoing rumor of this summer’s transfer window has been finalized with FCD selling Ecaudorian international Carlos Gruezo to Bundesliga side FC Augsburg for $4.5 million, a club record. MLSSoccer.com reports that this fee could rise as high as $6.2 million and FCD will receive 20% of the fee for any future sale of Gruezo from his new club. This is a significantly higher transfer fee than what was generally considered when this rumor of Gruezo’s departure first developed last week. With Gruezo in the last year of his deal, it was anticipated that the transfer fee would be somewhere around the $1 million, but the FCD front office was able to work some magic and get a club record fee.
Gruezo has certainly been a major factor in the Dallas midfield since his signing prior to the 2016 season but with the emergence of homegrown players Edwin Cerrillo and Brandon Servania and Gruezo’s desire to make a return to Europe, the timing was right for FCD to make the decision to move Gruezo on.
CONFIRMED: Edwin Gyasi
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) July 1, 2019
This rumor developed quickly, going from Gyasi simply being linked to MLS a week ago, to his former club CSKA Sofia announcing the loan to FC Dallas early on Monday morning. Gyasi is a 28-year-old Netherlands-born Ghanaian international winger and has played in a variety of leagues across Europe. Full terms of the deal, as usual with MLS deals, were not disclosed, but the release from FC Dallas notes that the club used Targeted Allocation Money to make the deal and there is an option to buy Gyasi’s contract at the end of the loan deal, which ends at the end of the current MLS season.
Gyasi seems set to slot directly into the Dallas lineup with the struggle to find a high level of play from the left wing position. It will be very interesting to see the effect this has on Santiago Mosquera and Dominique Badji, who have largely played in that position over the course of the season thus far.
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