WASHINGTON — Star D.C. United midfielder Luciano Acosta left team training camp and flew to Europe Wednesday, due to a transfer offer in the $10 million range from French club Paris Saint-Germain.
Other clubs in the English Premier League, including Manchester City, have also expressed interest in Acosta, WTOP confirmed.
The Athletic reported earlier on Wednesday that United had turned down an $6.2 million transfer offer from Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli within the past month (The Washington Post reported the offer as $7.5 million), and that the team was working on extending Acosta on a new four-year contract worth $8 million. The 24-year-old Argentine was in the final year of his contract in D.C. after making $652,000 last season.
Acosta flourished after the addition of Wayne Rooney last summer, scoring nine of his 10 goals and 10 of his 17 assists after the English striker arrived in D.C. Both were named to the MLS Best XI and were considered to be the core of United’s attack heading into 2019.
PSG recently lost star Brazilian forward Neymar to a broken foot. The international transfer window for English and French clubs closes at 6 p.m. Thursday.
UPDATE: The transfer window closed without a deal getting done, leaving Acosta under contract with D.C. United for this year. There has been no further word about a possible extension in D.C.
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