Maybe not to the same extent that Juventus got the Weston McKennie deal done without much hoopla in the Italian press at all, but the Italian champions have looked to have locked up their second American player in relatively quick order within the span of four months.
According to Taylor Twellman of ESPN, Juventus and FC Dallas have reached an agreement on a $10 million transfer fee (or around €8.5 million for those in Europe since Juve plays in Italy) for 19-year-old fullback Bryan Reynolds. This comes after news from Italian news outlets like Goal Italia and Sky Italia that Juve have moved ahead of Roma and Club Brugge in the race to sign Reynolds, a product of the FC Dallas youth system just like McKennie.
The plan, as Twellmen has seemingly confirmed, is that Reynolds will sign with Juventus but then be sent out on loan immediately, with Cagliari the rumored destination for his first European minutes. (Remember, Juve’s two non-EU spots on this season’s roster are already filled by McKennie and Arthur.)
Bryan Reynolds of @FCDallas will bring in a little more than $10m (including incentives) from @juventusfcen who will send him out on loan from what I’m hearing.— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) December 29, 2020
Big day for the young player and another one for @DanHuntFCD and his franchise. #MLS
Reynolds became a full-time starter this season for FC Dallas during the disjointed 2020 Major League Soccer campaign that started, then stopped, then had a summer tournament in Florida and then restarted the season with a modified schedule and was recently completed earlier this month. He appeared in 17 games, starting 14 of them and earned a host of post-season honors from the club. Like:
- Team MVP
- Breakout Player of the Year
- Defensive Player of the Year
Not bad for somebody who doesn’t turn 20 years old until next summer, right?
Sure, it’s a YouTube highlight video that’s only four minutes long, but it’s pretty easy to see why somebody would take a gamble on a 19-year-old kid who only seems to be tapping the surface and has risen up to the professional level in the United States rather quickly.