Atlanta United makes Martinez loan a permanent transfer

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It was always likely that Atlanta United would turn Josef Martinez’s loan from Torino into a permanent move, but there’s something especially amusing about the club doing it so soon.

“We’re taking him before you change you mind!”

Martinez, 23, has five goals in his first three MLS matches, including a hat trick against Minnesota United and a brace against Chicago.

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That’s a goal every 52 minutes for the diminutive Venezuelan striker. He won’t be expected to match that moving forward, but it’s a nice start to life in Georgia.


“The loan deal had an option to make the transfer permanent which we have now triggered as planned,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said. “Josef has been a fantastic addition to our club and it’s clear he has the ability to continuing making an impact in our league.”

It’s a wise move for any number of reasons, the least of which being a virtuoso season at his age could net a wild transfer fee down the line.