Martinez reports that the transfer is for $2.8 million, less than his transfermarkt.us estimated market value of $4.4 million, for 50 percent of the player’s rights. Should he appear 15 times for Atlanta United, the club must pay Independiente an additional $200,000. The kicker is that each year Atlanta United can buy more of a percentage of the remaining 50 percent of rights from Independiente. In effect, should he stay at Atlanta United for two years, and play well enough to be sold for a fee higher than the price Atlanta United paid for him, the club will retain a higher percentage of the revenues from the sale.
Atlanta United declined to comment.