Atlanta United is trading midfielder Darlington Nagbe to the Columbus Crew, according to the Athletic’s Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio.
An Atlanta spokesperson could not confirm the report Wednesday night. A source with the team tells Pro Soccer USA “there were discussions.”
Atlanta will be compensated with a package of allocation money that is “among the largest sums” in league history, per the Athletic.
Nagbe joined the Five Stripes ahead of the 2018 season, coming to Atlanta in a trade that sent a record amount of allocation money to the Portland Timbers. In two seasons, the United States international won an MLS Cup, U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup, anchoring the midfield with exquisite ability on the ball. Nagbe did not produce impressive numbers on the stat sheet, but he was vital as a passing outlet for teammates and in keeping and advancing possession on the dribble.
Nagbe scored two goals and provided seven assists in 56 Major League Soccer regular-season games for Atlanta.
Dirty South Soccer reported in February Nagbe had attempted to force a trade to the Crew. Nagbe is from Ohio and played college soccer at the University of Akron under Caleb Porter. Porter coached Nagbe with the Timbers and took over in Columbus before this season.