The New England Revolution are expected to sign Spanish midfielder Carles Gil before the end of the January transfer window.
Gil’s current club, Deportivo La Coruña, granted him permission to stop training with the first team on Tuesday (he also did not practice on Wednesday) in expectation of him leaving. The 26-year-old, who has also played for Aston Villa and Valencia, will sign a two-year deal with the Revolution, a source told Pro Soccer USA. As part of the deal, the Revolution will also pay a transfer fee worth upwards of $1.5 million.
A second source, from La Coruña, who preferred to not be named, confirmed the deal is nearing completion, pending proper documentation. A New England spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
New England has been linked to Gil since December, though reports out of Spain indicate both Los Angeles FC and Chicago Fire were also in on the player.
The Revs are currently conducting preseason training near Malaga, Spain, which was reportedly a help in the negotiating process, especially since Gil had offers from other Spanish teams.
Gil offers the Revolution plenty of versatility across midfield. He has played predominantly as a right winger and attacking midfielder, though he has also spent time as a striker and on the opposite flank.
That said, he is not a prolific scorer. Gil has recorded 10 goals and 16 assists since his career started in 2012 with Elche, and he last scored in May 2017, during Deportivo La Coruña’s 3-0 victory over UD Las Palmas.
Gil has been on the periphery with La Coruña since rumors of a potential move surfaced earlier this winter. He hasn’t made the match 18 for the club’s last three games, despite being in the mix for regular playing time the previous 20 games.