Atlanta United hopeful to sign Luis Araújo from Lille – Among club record signings

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Almada to arrive in the winter? 

Major League Soccer side Atlanta United appear to have lost out on signing Thiago Almada this summer. The Five Stripes had a deal in place with Vélez Sarsfield but a deal appears to be structurally impossible as the deadline approaches. Transfermarkt can confirm reports by L’Équipe (cited via GFFN) and writer Tom Bogert that Atlanta have a backup plan and are in advanced talks with Lille to sign winger Luiz Araújo

Signing Araújo from cash-strapped Lille would salvage a chaotic last few days as Atlanta were desperate to add pieces to a roster that is a long way away from the once all-conquering championship side, the club’s bosses build upon entering the league. First, there was the pursuit of super talent Almada. That deal was all but agreed, but the salary cap structure made a deal now impossible. It is, however, understood that a winter transfer remains likely.

Atlanta also failed to sign Braga winger Ricardo Horta. On Aug. 3, Braga released a statement that Horta had refused a move to MLS. Braga were, therefore, forced to turn down the $17.8 million offer for the 26-year-old forward.

Araújo Atlanta’s latest target – Five Stripes working on rectifying past mistakes 

Now the latest target is Araújo. The 25-year-old Brazilian winger would arrive from Ligue 1 champion Lille where he scored four goals and two assists in 28 league games last season. Araújo is expected to cost in the region of $12 million, which would make him the third most expensive signing in club history just behind Ezequiel Barco

Pity Martínez, Barco, Almirón & Co.: Atlanta United’s record transfer

Eric Remedi | Signed from CA Banfield in 2018 | Fee: $1.93m

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Leandro González Pírez | Signed from Estudiantes in 2017 | Fee: $2m

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Héctor Villalba | Signed from San Lorenzo in 2016 | Fee: $2.75m

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Alan Franco | Signed from Independiente in 2021 | Fee: $2.8m

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Franco Ibarra | Signed from Argentinos Juniors in 2021 | Fee: $3m

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Erik López | Signed from Olimpia in 2020 | Fee: $3.7m

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Josef Martínez | Signed from Torino in 2017 | Fee: $4.95m

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Santiago Sosa | Signed from River Plate in 2021 | Fee: $5.45m

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Marcelino Moreno | Signed from Lanús in 2020 | Fee: $7m

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Miguel Almirón | Signed from Lanús in 2017 | Fee: $8.25m

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Ezequiel Barco | Signed from Independiente in 2018 | Fee: $13.5m

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Pity Martínez | Signed from River Plate in 2019 | Fee: $15.95m

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Barco, in fact, will be a major part of the club’s future restructuring. For the club to bring in more significant pieces, like Almada, the Five Stripes will have to move on from the 22-year-old Argentine—Barco cost €13.5 million when he was signed from Independiente in 2018. 




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