Manuel Veth –
It was a proper transfer saga that in some ways highlighted the changing face of the Major League Soccer. DC United’s Luciano Acosta was on the brink of a big money transfer from the United States to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 24-year-old Argentine, after all, has been one of the best-attacking midfielders throughout the 2018 MLS season. The transfer saga was the sort of drama one usually only experiences playing on the sugarhouse online casino mobile app.
In January Luciano Acosta had already travelled to France to complete the deal that would make him one of the most expensive outgoing players in MLS history. Paris Saint-Germain had offered $8.6 million, but DC United were asking for more money, wanting a sell on clause to be anchored in the deal.
Luciano Acosta – PSG deal falls through
Acosta’s transfer from DC United would have been already the third high profile outgoing transfer this winter with Atlanta United’s Miguel Almirón joining Newcastle United and Vancouver Whitecaps’ winger Alphonso Davies joining Bayern München.
The deal fell through, because of DC United’s additional demands leaving Luciano Acosta distraught. Speaking to L’Equipe Acosta was honest about his frustration that the transfer did not go through. “I think the deal fell through because the two clubs didn’t come to terms about the transfer ahead of time,” Acosta said.
“I don’t know much about what happened. I also didn’t want to ask any questions. But the truth is that it was a very frustrating situation for me. The deal, however, did not fall through because of medical or technical reasons like it was suggested,” he added.
At the same time reports out of France also suggested that Thomas Tuchel had some doubts on whether Luciano Acosta would be made for European football. The Argentine forward measures only 160cm and with him coming in to replace the injured Neymar the German coach was worried that he lacked the physical attributes to help PSG in the Champions League, in particular.
In retrospect, it is hard to say whether Luciano Acosta would have made a difference for PSG in that second leg to Manchester United. Paris had won the first leg 2-0 in Manchester but lost 3-1 in the second leg at home.
Certain of another chance
For Luciano Acosta, that result will matter very little. The Argentine is certain that he will have another chance to make it in Europe even after the deal to PSG fell through. “I am still young and have time. I have to do things the right way, and improve, for PSG to once again show interest in me,” he said.
The 24-year-old, in fact, could become a real transfer bargain this summer. Worth €1.75 million according to Transfermarkt he is a good value transfer for most of Europe’s bigger clubs.
In particular, considering his statistics since he joined DC United. The Argentine has managed to score 20 goals and 28 assists in 105 games for DC United overall. In other words, Luciano Acosta has managed a scorer point in any other game for DC United since joining the club from Boca Juniors back in February 2016.
This year, in fact, he has already been in fine form. The Argentine scored and assisted in DC United’s 2-0 home-opening win against MLS Cup champions Atlanta United.
In fact, his partnership with superstar striker Wayne Rooney is among the most dangerous in the league. On average Luciano Acosta manages to complete 69.4% of his 7.42 dribbles per game. In other words, he is a fireplug almost impossible to defend when he goes one-v-one against defensive lines.
Hence, as the MLS season will progress scouts will keep a close eye on the 24-year-old Argentine. Should his numbers continue a big money move to Europe might be still in store for him. It would be a move the striker would very much desire after the disappointment of seeing his transfer fail at the final minute this winter.
Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and among others contributes to Forbes.com and Pro Soccer USA. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which is available HERE. Originally from Munich, Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently is located in Victoria BC, Canada. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.