Report: Revolution and Bordeaux Reach Agreement Over Alberth Elis
Deal remains close, but not complete. Elis' "green light" the only thing needed.
The New England Revolution are close to adding depth at the wing as the club has reportedly reached an agreement with French second-division side FC Girondins de Bordeaux over a transfer for 27-year-old Alberth Elis.
The Honduran had been the center of transfer rumors the past few weeks. It all started on January 18th when the Revolution, LAFC, and the LA Galaxy reportedly had interest in the winger.
The Revolution turned their interest into action on January 21st, when they submitted a 1.6 million dollar offer to Bordeaux. Bordeaux reportedly turned down the offer as it was below their valuation.
It looked as if Ellis was out of the Revolution's reach when L’equipe reported Bordeaux valued Elis at €3.5 million. A figure that would make Elis a Designated Player, which the Revolution had no space for.
It appears the tide has turned in the Revolution’s favor as reports surfaced Thursday that the Revs and Bordeaux had reached an agreement on a move with the only thing needed was “a green light from the player.”
Seth Macomber confirmed L’equipe’s report as sources said the deal for Elis was “close but not done yet.”
The Athletic’s Tom Bogert confirmed both reports. According to Bogert, “New England would pay a fee of around $1.5 million”. Bogert confirmed "the deal is progressing but not finalized, nor is it a foregone conclusion.” Bogert adds that if the deal is to finalize, Elis would not be a Designated Player.
The Honduras winger is no stranger to Major League Soccer, as he spent the 2017-2020 seasons with the Houston Dynamo. Elis appeared in 101 matches for Houston, where he notched 35 goals and 28 assists over 7,426 minutes.
It remains unseen whether Elis will join New England or not. Yet, with the Revolution currently in Florida for preseason preparation, Caleb Porter and the club will likely want the deal to finalize as soon as possible to get Elis up to speed before their 2024 campaign kicks off.