Juventus have supposedly won the race to sign highly-rated American full-back Bryan Reynolds. FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez described the prospective deal as a ‘steal.’
Juve win Reynolds race
The race for the highly-rated American youth international Bryan Reynolds looks to have come to a conclusion with Juventus tipped to be the side to have won.
The FC Dallas full-back is regarded as one of the next generational talents coming out of North America. It had previously been reported that Juventus were the team that had won the race but had planned to send him out on loan for the 19-year-old to gain regular game time before returning to the senior set up.
Bryan Reynolds of @FCDallas will bring in a little more than $10m (including incentives) from @juventusfcen who will send him out on loan from what I’m hearing.
Big day for the young player and another one for @DanHuntFCD and his franchise. #MLS
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) December 29, 2020
Other Italian clubs such as Roma and AC Milan in addition to French club Marseille have also been reported to have held an interest in bringing the youngster across the Atlantic.
However, the 3rd Degree, a reliable outlet with sources close to FC Dallas, reported that Juventus have indeed got their man.
— 3rd Degree (@3rdDegreeNet) December 30, 2020
A steal of a signing
One can be forgiven for not being aware of the talents of Reynolds. The MLS is still a relatively new league in the context of world football and therefore starlets coming out of youth academies throughout the US and Canada can be easily missed.
The reported fee for Reynolds is approximately $10 million which would rank the deal as one of the most lucrative of all time for Major League Soccer. The likes of Miguel Almiron and Alphonso Davies have both recently made big-money moves to clubs in Europe and it appears to be a trend set to continue.
$10 million for a 19-year-old right back with 15 career league starts?
“It’s almost a steal,” says his longtime coach.
— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) December 30, 2020
However, FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez believes that the fee being reported is still a steal for the young American.
“You talk about surprise at maybe the amount of the transfer, I mean, those are still good deals,” FCD head coach Luchi Gonzalez told MLSsoccer.com.
“It’s almost a steal, too, because the young player just needs to play well wherever he goes and the [buying] club can triple that, quadruple that, if their use of the player is smart and they create an even higher market and value for the player. So it’s all business. I’m proud of it more than being skeptical of it.”
If the touted reports bear fruit, Reynolds will join up with compatriot Weston McKennie in Turin as Juventus begin to build a small contingent of players from across the Atlantic.
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