The Montreal Impact took to its official Twitter channel Wednesday morning and revealed midfielder Alejandro Silva will be transferred to Olimpia of Paraguay, pending official approval from Major League Soccer.
— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) January 1, 2019
Speculation about Silva’s future was one of the transfer-related storylines between Christmas and New Year’s Day, with Olimpia chairman Marco Trovato also teasing about a potential deal on his personal Twitter page.
Silva’s transfer to Olimpia is reportedly worth $4 million, according to the Canadian news site RDS. That figure makes this the most expensive transfer in Impact history.
Montreal acquired Silva, 29, last spring using target allocation money. This will be his third stint with Olimpia, where played from 2012-14 and then again while on loan from Lanus from 2015-16.
Silva recorded five goals and 11 assists in 31 league matches last season. He made $800,000 in 2018, according to the MLS Players Union.
The $4 million transfer fee, combined with shaving such a hefty salary from the team’s budget, gives Montreal plenty of flexibility to improve the roster.