TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Loan
Since the move involves a loan, it won't open the Designated Player slot Loba has occupied – but if he's transferred outright, then there's DP flexibility. The transaction and resulting roster situation are similar to when Inter Miami CF loaned Rodolfo Pizarro to Liga MX's CF Monterrey last year.
Loba, a 24-year-old Ivory Coast native, joined Nashville in July 2021 on a club-record fee (reported $6.8 million) from Monterrey. But he never quite settled under head coach Gary Smith, posting just two goals and two assists in 40 games (two starts).
Since US international center back Walker Zimmerman and reigning MVP and Golden Boot winner Hany Mukhtar remain as DPs for Nashville, they currently don't have any DP wiggle room for 2023 (barring changes in Loba's status).
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