New York City FC have made an offer to 20-year-old Paraguayan international Jesús Medina. Medina himself broke the news on Asunción’s radio 1080am this morning.
Medina said he and his agent have had interest from Danish side FC Copenhagen and MLS, adding that NYCFC was the MLS side who had inquired about him.
Medina plays primarily on the right side of midfield for Club Libertad Asución in Paraguay. The 5’10” midfielder has 7 appearances with the U20 Paraguay national team and made his debut for the senior national team on July 2, 2017.
“They’re negotiating and we’ll see what happens in time” said Medina about the status of the talks. Medina would occupy an international roster spot with NYCFC currently enjoying a surplus of spots following departures of 5 international players this offseason.
His contract length has not been publicly disclosed by Club Libertad so it is unknown if NYCFC would pay a transfer fee.
Medina is reported to be joining NYCFC with a $4 million transfer according to reports out of Paraguay, making him Patrick Vieira’s latest designated player. It is believed this is the first transfer fee New York City’s front office has paid for a designated player after signing David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard on free contracts (Maxi Moralez’s contract details were not made public).
Medina’s father reported that last month the team’s sporting director went to watch Medina in person. “A month ago the sporting director came to watch a Libertad match. That same night I spoke with the man.” He believes the transfer could be finalized today with 80% of the rights being sold to City Football Group who will move the player to NYCFC.
According to a tweet from reporter César Luis Merlo, if Medina is able to acquire an English work permit he will join Manchester City directly.
Per Paraguayan news outlet ABC, Medina will sign a 5-year contract with City Football Group and will spend his first year with New York City FC in MLS.
The transfer follows in the footsteps of ambitious expansion side Atlanta who joined MLS with a core of young South American designated players.
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