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Inter Miami announces Matías Pellegrini, Julián Carranza as first signings

Both players come from Argentine Primera División clubs.

Inter Miami Friday announced its first player signings in club history: Matías Pellegrini and Julián Carranza.

Pellegrini, a 19-year-old midfielder, will join Miami for the 2020 Major League Soccer season from Estudiantes in the Argentine Primera División. The Magdalena, Argentina, native is signed as a young designated player and commanded a $10 million transfer fee, according to the Miami Herald

Pellegrini made his senior debut for Estudiantes last year and scored three goals in 15 games during the 2018 season. He appeared in two Copa Libertadores games as well. Pellegrini has played for Argentina’s under-17 and U-20 national teams.

Carranza, also 19, hails from Oncativo, Argentina, and will move to Miami from Bánfield of the Primera División. He has scored 10 goals over 30 games in two seasons. 

“Both Julián and Matías showed us they really wanted to take the next step of their career with Inter Miami CF,” sporting director Paul McDonough said in a prepared statement. “We liked that Pellegrini can play inside and out wide, has very good aerobic capacity and can cover a lot of ground, while Julián is a very grounded player with an impressive work rate. He’s the player that strives to score goals and is very good in the box.”

Pellegrini and Carranza will remain with their current clubs through January 2020.

“It’s important for us that we found young, exciting attacking players that are on the upside of their career and have the potential to be really good players in this league,” McDonough said. “We will continue to build and add quality players that are the right fit for our club. We started with youth, but we know it’s also important to have veteran players who come from both overseas and within the league to balance out the roster over time.”

 

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