Acosta stays at D.C. United after PSG talks crumble

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D.C. United midfielder Luciano Acosta appeared headed to Paris Saint-Germain to help replace injured star Neymar, but the transfer talks failed at the Thursday night deadline, multiple media outlets reported.

Neymar is expected to miss more than two months due to a second injury to his right foot in as many years. That led PSG coach Thomas Tuchel to request additional offensive firepower, and attempted to add Acosta before FIFA’s transfer window closed.

D.C. United wanted a fee in the $10 million range but wound up turning down an offer of $7 million to $8 million, according to The Washington Post.

The Argentina native began his career with Boca Juniors and was part of the MLS best XI last year after scoring 10 goals and recording 17 assists in 32 games. His assists ranked second in MLS, and Acosta teamed well with midseason acquisition Wayne Rooney.

Acosta is 5-foot-2 and weighs around 128 pounds, but ESPN reported that Tuchel gave his blessing to the addition of the diminutive midfielder.

Acosta’s current deal earns him $652,000 in guaranteed money, but his contract expires after the 2019 season and his agent had been in D.C. trying to negotiate a long-term contract. However, the club did not want to lose Acosta with no compensation after the upcoming season should the sides have failed to agree on a new deal.

–Field Level Media

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