MLS 2019 Primary Transfer Window – Feb 13 – May 7

Miami, FL (Friday, February 15, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

On Wednesday of this week, the 2019 MLS Primary Transfer Window, allowing clubs to now officially register their offseason additions. The 2019 window is open from February 13 until May 7 for transfers in to MLS Clubs.

Persuant to FIFA regulations, an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) is a requirement when completing an international transfer of a player. MLS teams are able to request International Transfer Certificates (ITC) from players’ former clubs to complete signings, loans and transfer deals.

With respect to outbound transfers, clubs may transfer or loan their players to non-MLS clubs at any time, subject to the transfer window of the recipient club’s national federation and subject to the consent of the player.

Major League Soccer maintains an official transactions page and transfer tracker; links are here:

official transactions page

transfer tracker

The Secondary Transfer Window will open on July 7 before closing on Aug. 7.

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¡Fichado! 19-year-old French “wonderkid” Signs on a free transfer from Toulouse FC

Miami, FL (Wednesday, January 9, 2019) by Kenneth Russo – 

He has the name that just sounds like a big-time player for Les Bleus. The quintessential compound first name.

Jean-Clair Todibo. And now ‘J-C’ Todibo has a big-time fútbol club to complement that classic name. He will join the Blaugrana when his contract with Toulouse Football Club expires on June 30, 2019.

Jean-Clair Todibo. You could not be blamed for asking “who?” Likewise, you may be asking yourself whether I have spent too much time with Football Manager 2019. Not so. Who?

The 19 year-old, right-footed, centre-back, born in Cayenne, French Guyana, is seen as one of the rising stars of French football. He has been capped twice for France’s U20 team. He has a market value of €8 million according to website Transfermarkt.com. Juventus was also in hot pursuit of Todibo’s services. He is described as a player who has a strong physical presence who can also play in midfield. Barcelona believe Todibo can serve as an alternative to Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen, both of whom have struggled with fitness problems during their times at the Camp Nou. For his part, the young player explains that he is inspired and models his style after players like Andrea Pirlo in midfield and Thiago Silva on defense.

How rapidly has Jean-Clair Todibo arrived in the spotlight? Consider these facts: Todibo had not played a professional match prior to the beginning of the 2018-19 season, yet within the first few matches he rapidly established himself as a key figure for Toulouse. He played his first match in Ligue 1 on August 19, 2018, against Girondins de Bordeaux. His first professional goal came in September – a late equaliser against Rennes that showcased his importance to the side. He celebrated his 19th birthday on December 30, and has played a total of 10 matches for the Pink City club, 836 minutes of playing time. His last appearance for Toulouse was November 3rd away to Strasbourg.

Todibo joined Toulouse Football Club’s U19 team on July 1, 2016, having been trained at Football Club Les Lilas, a club in the eastern Paris banlieu of Les Lilas, Seine-Saint-Denis. (Link: Players who have been trained at FC Les Lilas) One year later in 2017 he was already promoted to the Toulouse B squad.

El jugador francés, procedente del Toulouse sin costo de traspaso, será nuevo jugador del FC Barcelona a partir del 1 de julio de 2019

The President of Toulouse, Olivier Sadran, was furious at the signing, saying the player had been “ill-advised” and disparaging Barcelona, added: “It is not very glorious coming from a big club, even if they legally have the right to. We also have our share of responsibility.” The best translation of this is that the Toulouse President is counting the Euros the club will not receive from Barça. Toulouse had tried to sign Todibo to a new contract, but talks broke down in November. Today, Sadran said in an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe that the deal is not complete. « Si vous m’appelez pour me demander si Todibo est à Barcelone et si je l’ai libéré, la réponse est non » (“If you call me and ask if Todibo is in Barcelona and if I have released him, the answer is no.”)

Barcelona was able to sign Todibo on what is commonly referred to as a “Bosman” signing, which takes its name from the famous Bosman ruling. Pursuant to Bosman, a player can now agree to a “pre-contract” with another club for a free transfer if the player’s contract with his existing club has six months or less remaining. The existing club does not receive a fee. As of January 1, 2019, the young centre-back was thus legally free to sign with a new team. Barcelona acted swiftly in presenting its offer to Todibo and his agent, BS & Partners.

Of course, nothing can guarantee that he will be the superstar envisioned. But given Barcelona and Juventus were in competition for his services, with Real Madrid reportedly also interested, it speaks to their belief in Todibo’s potential. Time will tell. You may not have heard the last of this name.

Más Información:

Enlaces aquí / Links here:

El nuevo fichaje de FC Barcelona para 2019-20

Las once cosas que debes saber sobre Todibo / 11 things you need to know about Todibo

“Estoy muy feliz haber firmado con Barcelona.”

Todibo was pleased to be moving on to Barcelona. Here’s what he had to say:

« Je suis très heureux de m’être engagé avec le FC Barcelone à partir de juillet 2019. C’est plus qu’un club et je les remercie de leur confiance. C’est sera un nouvel étape dans ma jeune carrière et je mettrai toute ma détermination pour y réussir de grandes choses. En attendant, je reste un joueur du Toulouse FC et je suis disponible pour aider mes partenaires tant que je reste sous contrat. Le Tef m’a permit de grandir et de découvrir la Ligue 1 et je leur en serai éternellement reconnaissant. Merci. »

” Estoy muy feliz de haber firmado con el FC Barcelona a partir de julio 2019. Es más que un club y les agradezco su confianza. Será una nueva etapa en este inicio de mi carera y voy a poner todo de mi parte para conseguir grandes cosas. En este momento soy jugador de Toulouse FC y estoy disponible para ayudar a mis compañeros todo el tiempo que me queda en este club. El Tef me permitió crecer y descubrir la Ligue 1 y siempre estaré agradecido. Gracias.”

L’Impact de Montréal complète un record transfert d’Alejandro Silva au Club Olimpia de Asunción 🔵 Montréal Impact complete record transfer of Alejandro Silva to Club Olimpia

Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 7, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

Si vous avez raté cette nouvelle hier, l’Impact de Montréal a complété le transfert d’Alejandro Silva au Club Olimpia de Asunción (Paraguay). Le milieu de terrain uruguayen a été transféré pour un montant de plus de 4 millions de dollars canadiens, ($3,082,088 USD) soit le plus gros transfert de l’histoire de l’équipe montréalaise.

Silva a marqué cinq buts et enregistré 11 passes décisives lors de la saison 2018. Il s’être joint à l’Impact en mars 2018, et en total, il est apparu en 31 matchs de saison régulière, dont 27 titularisations, et 2 368 minutes de jeu. Il a également marqué un but en deux matchs du Championnat canadien, dont un départ.

Il serait le troisième fois dans son carrière qu’il jouera avec Club Olimpia. Il était avec le club en 2013, aidant notamment l’équipe à atteindre la finale de la Copa Libertadores.

L’entraîneur-chef de l’Impact Rémi Garde a remercié le jouer, en disant: « Je remercie Alejandro pour son importante contribution la saison dernière. Son professionnalisme quotidien et son envie de gagner ont grandement aidé l’équipe à progresser. Il a ardemment souhaité saisir une nouvelle opportunité sportive qui lui permet également de se rapprocher de sa famille. Je lui souhaite beaucoup de réussite dans le futur. »

In case you missed yesterday’s news, the Montreal Impact completed the transfer of midfielder Alejandro Silva to Club Olimpia of Asunción (Paraguay). It is the largest out transfer in Montreal’s history, at more than $4 million CAD ($3.083 million USD).

Silva arrived in March 2018, and scored five goals and recorded eleven decisive passes during the 2018 season. He made 31 appearances, starting in 27, and played a total of 2,368 minutes in 2018. He also appeared in two matches in the Canadian club championship, scoring a goal.

Silva has played for Club Olimpia two other times during his career. He was with the club in 2013, when they reached the final of the Coma Libertadores.

Head coach Remi Garde thanked Alejandro, saying: “I thank Alejandro for his important contribution this past season. His daily professionalism and his desire to win greatly helped the team progress. He was very keen to take a new sporting opportunity that would also allow him to be closer to his family. I wish him a lot of success in the future.”