TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Transfer
UPDATE (June 7) – The New England Revolution have transferred forward Adam Buksa to RC Lens in France's Ligue 1, the club announced Tuesday.
The Polish international will officially move when Ligue 1's transfer window opens June 10, a timeline that means Buksa's played his last game in MLS (New England return June 12 at Sporting Kansas City). The Boston Globe's Frank Dell'Apa has reported New England will net $10 million from the deal.
The move opens a Designated Player spot for the Revs, who signed the 25-year-old ahead of the 2020 season. Buksa had 29 goals and eight assists across 64 league appearances for New England, emerging as their leading scorer in 2022 and during the club's 2021 Supporters’ Shield-winning campaign.
New England have now transferred three key players in the last six months, with Canadian international winger Tajon Buchanan joining Belgium's Club Brugge and US international goalkeeper Matt Turner joining England's Arsenal. Their reported fees equal roughly $24 million, depending on how incentives and sell-on percentages unfold.
New England's other DPs are forward Gustavo Bou and midfielder Carles Gil, leaving the club with flexibility during the MLS Secondary Transfer Window, which runs from July 7 to Aug. 4.
ORIGINAL (May 29) – Rumors about Adam Buksa’s potential move to Europe are heating up, with reports out of Poland indicating a move to RC Lens in Ligue 1 might be on the horizon.
The Polish striker didn't play for the New England Revolution in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union ahead of joining the Polish national team for upcoming UEFA Nations League matches.
Karol Swiderski, who was also selected to Czesław Michniewicz’s squad, is also not with Charlotte FC for Sunday’s match against the Seattle Sounders (9:30 pm ET | FS1, FOX Deportes) ahead of Poland’s first Nations League match against Wales on June 1.
The Revs don't play again until June 12 when they travel to Children’s Mercy Park to meet Sporting Kansas City, and it’s possible Buksa has played his last match for the club with France's transfer window opening June 10.
Lens have shopped in the MLS transfer market before, acquiring Buksa’s Poland national team teammate Przemysław Frankowski from Chicago Fire FC last August.
Revs head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena addressed Buksa’s likely transfer two weeks ago.
"I’m sure that we will be sorting out a variety of offers over the next couple of weeks or so for the transfer window in Europe," Arena told the media. "So, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with those types of offers and whether we’ll accept them or whatever. But he is sought after, and obviously his stints with the Polish national team are helpful and he’ll likely be playing in the [2022 FIFA] World Cup. So, he’s going to attract some interest.”
Poland have qualified for the World Cup this fall and Buksa, who arrived in New England as a Designated Player for a reported $4 million fee in 2020 from Ekstraklasa side Pogoń Szczecin, is expected to be on their roster.
He broke out a year ago with 16 goals and four assists in 31 appearances to help New England win the 2021 Supporters’ Shield and was the subject of transfer rumors in January, strongly linked with Serie B side Pisa (Italy), through numbers were much smaller than the reported $9.5 deal that leaked.
ESPN's Taylor Twellman reported in the winter the Revs were seeking $10-15 million for the star striker.
This season, Buksa has seven goals and two assists in 10 regular-season appearances for New England, which have struggled out of the gate and sit 11th in the Eastern Conference standings with 16 points from 13 matches.