Los Angeles FC have transferred midfielder Eduard Atuesta to Brazilian side Palmeiras, the Western Conference club announced Monday.
The Major League Soccer club will receive an estimated $4m upfront with incentives that could extend the fee to $7 million.
“We are excited for Eduard in the next step of his career,” LAFC co-president & GM John Thorrington said in a club statement.
“Since he arrived in our first season, Eduard has been a leader both on and off the field. His contributions in building LAFC have been immense, and we are grateful for how he has represented the club. Eduard developed into an MLS All-Star and Best XI player in his time in LA, and it is gratifying to see him move on to perform for a team that won the 2020 and 2021 Copa Libertadores.”
Atuesta first arrived at LAFC in 2018 on a season-long loan from Independiente Medellín after the club used Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for the deal. The player then re-signed after LAFC exercised the purchase option December 13, 2018.
He has been at LAFC since their inaugural 2018 campaign, appearing 96 times for the club and becoming an integral part of the midfield. Atuesta helped lead the Black & Gold to the 2020 Concacaf Champions League final, and was named to the MLS Best XI in 2019.
The Colombian player was a regular at youth international levels and remains on the cusp of the national team, though has yet to make his senior debut.
Atuesta is not the only player to be leaving the Western Conference club this offseason, he joins Diego Rossi (loaned to Fenerbache), Pablo Sisniega (traded to Charlotte FC) and Mark-Anthony Kaye (traded to Colorado Rapids.)
Head coach Bob Bradley also recently left and is now at Toronto FC. LAFC are continuing their coaching search.