Marseille Signs U.S.

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Konrad de la Fuente is moving on from Barcelona.

The 19-year-old U.S. men’s national team winger and Miami native has secured a transfer from Barcelona to Marseille in Ligue 1, ending an association with Barcelona that dates back to 2013 and leaving Barcelona with just one U.S. rising talent now, fullback Sergiño Dest. The transfer fee is a 3 million euros ($3.6 million; Barcelona also has an unspecified sell-on percentage), and Konrad is signed on a deal through 2025.

Konrad moves to a club that operates under American stewardship, with former L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt the club’s owner (he has come under fire by Marseille supporters during his time at the helm). Marseille finished fifth in Ligue 1 last season, 18 points out of the Champions League picture, though it did qualify automatically for the Europa League group stage.

Playing time with Barcelona’s first team was at a premium for Konrad, who came through the club’s La Masia academy and made his first-team debut last season. In all, he totaled just 36 minutes with the first team, spread across one Copa del Rey appearance and two Champions League appearances in the group stage. He featured more prominently for Barcelona B in the Segunda B Division (Spain’s third tier), scoring six goals across 22 appearances.





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