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New England Revolution reportedly to sign Polish striker Adam Buksa

Buksa, 23, will likely be listed as the Revolution’s third Designated Player.

Jul 4, 2019; Commerce City, CO, USA; New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena walks off the field during a weather delay in the first half against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. (Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON, Mass. – The New England Revolution will continue their recent trend of making big investments in attacking players.

Polish striker Adam Buksa will sign with the Revolution this week as one of the top three most-expensive transfers in club history, according to multiple reports.

Buksa, 23, last played for Pogon Szczecin of Poland’s top league. He is expected to become New England’s third designated player on the current roster, joining other blockbuster signings Carles Gil, who was acquired last winter on a club-record $2.5 million fee from Deportivo La Coruna, and Argentine striker Gustavo Bou, who the Revolution bought in August from Club Tijuana for $6 million.

Buksa’s transfer fee is expected to be somewhere between what the Revolution paid for Gil and Bou, according to The Athletic. Reports from Polish media indicate the Revolution are spending upward of $4.5 million.

The transaction comes on the heels of New England head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena saying Monday that acquisitions were in the works for a defender and a Designated Player forward.

Buksa has scored seven times in 18 games this season for Pogon Szczecin, which currently sits second in the 16-team Polish Ekstraklasa.

He is the league’s fifth-ranked scorer and has also recorded 22 goals and 10 assists since joining his club in 2018. Buksa also previously represented Polish clubs Lechia Gdansk and Zaglebie Lubin, plus Italian side Novara.

While Buksa has yet to make a competitive appearance for Poland’s men’s national team, he was called up last November for both a friendly against Czech Republic and a UEFA Nations League match against Portugal. Buksa also represented Poland at the U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels.

Buksa will be the third Polish-born player to ever suit up for the Revolution, joining former Revs Rob Jachym (1997-98) and Janusz Michallik (1998).

The Revolution — who have both Gil and Bou listed as DPs — would not have to purchase a third DP slot from the league to accommodate Buksa since he is 23 and thus satisfies the league’s provision for Young Designated Players, according to MLS’ current roster rules.

That said, having a Young DP requires the Revolution to pay an additional $200,000 of its 2020 salary budget charge.

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