USMNT teen De La Fuente leaves Barcelona for Marseille


There could be another USMNT player in Europa League action next season, as Konrad de la Fuente has left boyhood club Barcelona for a new club

De la Fuente, who turns 20 in mid-July and earned his first USMNT cap in November, has been sold to Ligue 1 side Marseille for just under $3.6 million after joining Barca’s famed La Masia academy at age 11.

Barca will hold onto a portion of his future sell-on rights, the Catalan club announced on Tuesday. The figure doesn’t quite hit the rumored fee of $6 million, but Barca won’t mind the idea of making that up on the back end.

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De la Fuente had Ronald Koeman as his boss and a legion of legendary Barcelona attackers in front of him to playing under Jorge Sampaoli, one of the more celebrated tacticians in the game.

Primary a left winger, De la Fuente joins highly-rated Brazilian teen Luis Henrique as young players in a talented but veteran Marseille attack corps; Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin, Arkadiusz Milik, Dario Benedetto, and Valere Germain are under contract at OM, with only two under the age of Milik and Thauvin.

While he leaves a La Liga that boasts USMNT talent Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, he’ll join a Ligue 1 with an American amongst the reigning champs in Lille’s Timothy Weah.

De la Fuente and Dest became the first American teammates to appear on a Champions League pitch for the same team when Dest scored in a 4-0 win over Dynamo Kiev in November, but is yet to make his La Liga debut.