Minnesota United’s dogged pursuit of Argentine attacking midfielder Emanuel “Bebelo” Reynoso is nearing the finish line.
Given delays in the spring, it might feel to supporters like the transfer has been running in fits and starts, but TyC Sports, an Argentine news outlet, said Wednesday, Aug. 12, the transfer between the Loons, Buenos Aires super club Boca Juniors and Reynoso was on the verge of completion.
TyC Sports, based on a translation from Spanish, said: “The pass was signed between Boca and Minnesota United and Bebelo Reynoso will go to play in MLS.”
One person with knowledge of the deal told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “Still waiting on a few things. Getting closer.”
TyC Sports added: “In the next few days, (Reynoso) will travel to the United States to sign a five-year contract.”
Reynoso has been expressing desire to play for Minnesota, and the Loons have pursued him since January and into March, but it hit sticking points with a change in leadership at Boca and with percentages of Reynoso’s rights believed to be held by his youth clubs.
United manager Adrian Heath told the Pioneer Press before the Loons’ 3-1 loss to Orlando City in the MLS is Back Tournament semifinals last Thursday that he was hopeful the deal could get done in the coming days.
TyC Sports said in July that Minnesota had increased its offer for Reynoso from $4.7 million to $5.2 million, which would be a Loons record transfer.
Loons central midfielder Jan Gregus is the club’s current record signing, with the Slovakian joining from FC Copenhagen before the 2019 season, but his dollar figure isn’t fully known. It is followed by attacking midfielder Thomas Chacon, a 19-year-old Uruguayan who joined from home-country club Danubio last August.
Both Gregus and Chacon are deemed Designated Players, available slots for the three highest-priced players on each MLS roster. The Loons have had one DP vacancy, and Reynoso would fill it. Minnesota also has one vacant international roster spot available.
Reynoso’s reported five-year contract would be the same length of deal Minnesota has with Chacon.
Reynoso, 24, has five goals and eight assists in 66 games for Boca after arriving from Club Atletico Talleres. He last played for Boca on March 14, a 90-minute shift in the Copa de la Superliga, which was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.