- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 22, 2008
- 0 Comments
Just a small update before I head off for the weekend. I’ve heard some rumbles and then saw over on Goff’s blog that the New England Revolution are close to signing a couple Costa Ricans, two that were mentioned before on here.
Anyways, the Revs are close to finalizing the purchase of Costa Rican forward Argenis Fernandez from Santos. An announcement is set for next week for the 20-year-old Fernandez.
At first there were talks that Santos would want a $200k transfer fee for Fernandez but from what I’ve heard and from what Goff is saying it will not be that high. I am hearing around $85k to $100k but I don’t know if that is really the case.
Once the final information comes out on Fernandez I will pass it along to you all.
Fernandez should add some depth to the forward area of New England in the coming season. He is still young, which could be a gamble much like what Houston is doing with their recent signing. From what I’ve read about Fernandez he has loads of potential and Steve Nicol should be able to cash in on that once he gets use to the MLS.
As for the other Costa Rican that New England is looking at signing, defender Gabriel Badilla and the Revs are still in talks but are currently not as close to a deal as originally thought. Some are saying out there that the deal is totally off but something could still happen.
I think if New England wants him bad enough they will still get him. Quite frankly they still could use some depth in their defense and Badilla would certainly help that out.
And as for the designated player that could be coming to New England that we heard mentioned this week. Yeah, put that on the back-burner until this summer. I just don’t see it happening anytime soon before the start of the season. All signs indicate that they just aren’t close to hammering out a deal with anyone right now worth signing for a DP price, now I’ve been wrong before about these things but this one I am a little more certain about.