In the run-up to the 2021 season, we’re tracking players linked to the VERDE.
Hold onto your butts! Austin FC has a ways to go to build a full roster in a short time. A MLS club’s active roster has up to 30 players, with an 18-player game-day squad.
Of course, some players will be signed via the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft—Austin will select up to 5 unprotected players on current MLS team rosters.
Check out the latest Austin FC player transfer rumors:
DeAndre Yedlin / Newcastle United
Position: Right Back Age: 27 Transfer Fee: $7.1 mil. (est.)
Latest news: If you listen to social media chatter, Austin FC could be in the mix for experienced Premier League defender Yedlin. He apparently has the attention of a couple MLS clubs. FC Cincy is likely one of those teams, since they get first crack according to MLS Allocation Order rules. Next up would be other MLS clubs on the list willing to cough up money to have the right to sign him. Austin FC isn’t on the allocation list yet and probably has to hold tight until January to get a shot.
BP meter is high for the Yedlin speculation. Lots of moving parts here. Even if he wanted to come back to MLS, is there a club that could afford him? At his costly salary, clubs may look to fill a striker gap before upgrading their backline. Newcastle would also need to release him for free. He’s been linked lately to Turkish side Besiktas.
Cecilio Domínguez / Club Atlético Independiente
Position: Winger Age: 25 Transfer Fee: $4.5 mil. (est.)
Latest news: Austin FC is apparently at the negotiating table with CA Independiente winger Cecilio Domínguez, according to Planeta Fútbol. Domínguez shares the same agent as Rodney Redes, Austin FC’s first player signing. Cecilio is also the second player linked to the Verde from the Argentinian club. Domínguez has 17 caps for Paraguay’s national team.
BP meter is very low for the Domínguez rumor. Seems legit as growing number of detailed reports come in about the offer. He had a very public falling out with Independiente over salary and doesn’t want to return to the club.
Jonathan Menéndez / Club Atlético Independiente
Position: Striker Age: 26 Transfer Fee: $2.6 mil. (est.)
Latest news: Austin FC has made an initial offer for CA Independiente striker Jonathan Menéndez, according to sports writer Matias Martinez. Menéndez is currently on loan to another Argentine club, Club Atlético Tallares. Most of his career has been in Argentina, except for stints in Spain and Qatar.
Carlos Lampe / Club Always Ready
Position: Goalkeeper Age: 33
Latest news: Fútbol Fichajes (Football Transfers) is reporting that Bolivian veteran goalkeeper Carlos Lampe is signing with Austin FC. Currently on the roster at Always Ready in La Paz, Lampe has played in Bolivia and Chile, as well as the Bolivian NT.
BP meter is so-so on the Lampe rumor. These reports with little detail died quickly, but we see how an experienced South American GK is right in Austin FC’s wheelhouse.
Vincent Janssen / CF Monterrey
Position: Striker Age: 26
Latest news: Reported by various media outlets in early July. Release clause of $18-20 mil. may be a nonstarter for Austin FC. If true, it could be the biggest MLS blockbuster deal ever.
BP meter is high for the Janssen rumor. Reports came in hot, but quickly faded. The actual financials right out of the gate seem to make it nothing more than a pipe dream for Janssen fans in the U.S.
Jorge Morel / Club Guaraní
Position: Central Midfielder Age: 22
Latest news: Shortly after Rodney Redes was signed by Austin FC in early July, a second player from Club Guaraní was linked to Austin FC, as reported by Versus Paraguay. According to Austin soccer journalist Chris Bils, Head Coach Josh Wolff has denied pursuing Jorge Morel.
BP meter is very, very high for the Morel rumor. While it seems in the realm of possibility—given that Austin FC scouted the club for Redes—Coach Wolff outright shot down this rumor.
Héctor Moreno / Al-Gharafa SC
Position: Center Back Age: 32
Latest news: Moreno is clearly a fan of Austin FC, closely following the club’s social media—read here for the entire backstory. In June 2020, Glenn Davis’ Soccer Matters radio show interviewed Héctor, asking him directly about Austin FC. All signs indicate Moreno is interested, but no formal discussions have happened.
BP meter is high for the Moreno rumor. Seeing as Moreno himself has stoked the flames of this rumor on social media, there doesn’t appear to be any serious reports about a deal. He’s even said there are no negotiations going on with Austin FC.
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