With the league having indicated that it will launch a new U-22 initiative this offseason to encourage clubs to sign and invest in under-23 players, Pellegrini is young enough to theoretically be able to transfer to that designation, but the move has yet to be announced and a league source told MLSsoccer.com he shouldn’t qualify for the tag because of his salary.
There should be certain salary thresholds that would make a player ineligible for the initiative, regardless of their age.
If this is the case, one of the four PDs cannot be registered. This would likely mean a loan or transfer for one, or even a contract buyout.
Pellegrini could then be the most likely of the four PDs to be moved, according to a source. A loan deal is something that would make sense for the club and the player alike, as Miami remains ahead of Pellegrini’s talent, potential and future despite a difficult first season in MLS, but it does not come without pain. of head either. Many transfer windows around the world are closed, including in his native Argentina as well as other potential landing points like Mexico, Colombia and most European leagues. The transfer windows to Brazil and Uruguay remain open, however.
The winger was acquired ahead of the club’s expansion season from Estudiantes and has scored one goal and two assists in 19 appearances (12 starts). The 21-year-old was reportedly signed for a transfer fee of $ 6-9m, which shows the club’s confidence in him, but also makes it extremely unlikely, if not impossible, that his cap could be redeemed with the money. allocated.
Miami will continue to explore all options pending a resolution of the league investigation before the MLS roster compliance date.
The LA Galaxy faced this issue in 2019 with four DPs after re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They ultimately chose to buy Giovani dos Santos out of his contract to comply with the roster, making the former Mexico international a free agent. It’s a route Miami could take with one of its four DPs as well.
Whatever the outcome, Miami’s DP problem is one of the biggest MLS stories to watch as opening day approaches.