“For us, we have our players under long-term contracts,” he said. “We have a model that we look to sign players that have value, but don’t always intend to sell those players. We’ve seen that with Josef Martinez.
“We can be flexible, we can be nimble. We are in a growing league. We will just have to see how things shake out with transfer window down the line and react accordingly.”
Barco, 21, has 10 goals and seven assists in 43 appearances with the club. His playing time has been affected by numerous injuries. Healthy this season, the midfielder has scored two goals in just two games. Barco was purchased by Atlanta United in 2018 from Independiente for a reported fee of $13.5 million.
Martinez, 26, scored five goals with nine assists in 34 appearances last season, his first with the club. He was purchased from Argentina's River Plate for an MLS record transfer fee of $15.95 million. Martinez has two assists this season.