HANOVER, N.J. — New York Red Bulls coach Chris Armas confirmed his club’s interest in Mathias Jorgensen, an 18-year-old Danish forward who is in New Jersey ahead of a possible transfer.
After training on Thursday, Armas said the pacy forward, who has only played 17 matches for Odenese Boldklub in the Danish Superliga, is a player who has been on the Red Bulls radar “for some time.”
According to a source close to the club, the two sides are “close to a deal.” Kristian Dyer of The Athletic was the first to report the possibility on Tuesday.
“There’s always a lot of moving parts and nothing’s been determined yet, that’s for sure,” Armas said of Jorgensen, who did not train with the Red Bulls Thursday. “I think as we’re trying to give him a chance, he’s taking a hard look at us. We’re just trying to see if its a good fit both ways.”
Jorgensen started his youth career with Hundested before joining FC Nordsjælland. He signed with OB at the age of 16 on Jan. 8, 2017 and made his professional debut last April. Jorgensen has competed for Denmark on the U-18 and U-19 levels. Last month he joined German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach at the club’s winter training in Spain.
According to Danish outlet DT, OB and the Red Bulls are in agreement over a transfer fee for the 6-foot-1 Jorgensen, who flew to New Jersey on Monday. Another Danish publication, Ekstra Bladet, reports the transfer fee to be about $2.5 million.
Armas also said it is possible the club may have trialists at training when camp opens in Tucson, Arizona on Friday. But he didn’t identify any possible targets.
“There’s a chance that happens. We’ve left some room to do that,” Armas said. “It always seems that in this time of year, there’s always some floaters out there and some players we’d like to look at. We’ll have the capacity to do so, but right now, no.”
One player who is currently not training with the Red Bulls is Anatole Abang, who was arrested for marijuana possession on Dec. 5 and has a scheduled court appearance on Feb. 26.
“He’s got some personal things going on,” Armas said of the 22-year-old forward. “We’re always behind Abang and he’s part of our group right now.”