Thiago Almada's days at Atlanta United are numbered

Boca Juniors interested in signing Thiago Almada from Atlanta United
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Thiago Almada's future at Atlanta United is increasingly uncertain, with interest growing from Boca Juniors. In a recent interview, Almada revealed that Juan Román Riquelme, Boca's vice-president, had contacted him to discuss a possible transfer. "Riquelme called me yesterday. It was a nice call. We talked a bit about everything. If there is a formal offer, I'll go and see it and discuss it with my family," said the No10 of The Five Stripes.

The player's situation has also attracted the attention of other clubs. Botafogo, from Brazil, made an offer of €20 million for Almada, but Atlanta United responded by asking for €25 million, temporarily ruling the Brazilian club out of the deal. Almada, 23, has a contract with Atlanta United until the end of 2025, but a sale in this window could be the club's last chance to make a considerable profit, preventing the player from signing a pre-contract with another team in December.

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Almada's performance in the MLS has been impressive. He was voted the league's Young Player of the Year in 2023. This season, he has played 14 games, scored four goals and provided one assist, maintaining an 85% pass success rate, as well as an average of 3.3 shots per game and 67% successful dribbles.

Boca Juniors see Almada as an opportunity to strengthen their midfield with a creative and dynamic player, capable of playing as a midfielder and winger. His ability to control the pace of the game and create goalscoring opportunities makes him an attractive target for the Argentine club.

For Atlanta United, Almada's departure would be a significant loss, but also an opportunity to reinvest the funds obtained from the sale to strengthen other areas of the team. The club needs to consider its options carefully, as the transfer window could define the direction of the team for the coming seasons.

Atlanta United fans, while anxious about the possibility of losing one of their key players, understand the importance of making strategic decisions that benefit the club in the long term. Meanwhile, Almada continues to focus on his performances in the MLS, knowing that his future could change at any moment.