Summer 2017 MLS Transfer Window Tracker: Columbus Crew SC

Last updated: August 17, 2017

Report Is Crew SC F Ola Kamara looking to move abroad at the end of the season in a bid for an improved contract? That was the word from an ESPN FC report on Aug. 16, saying negotiations between the team and player had reached an impasse. Crew SC head coach and GM Gregg Berhalter told ESPN: "Ola is an important part of the team, we're happy with his performance, and we hope to keep him here for a long time." For his part, Kamara told reporters on Aug. 17, "I don't even think about it," shrugging off the ESPN report.
Trade The Nemeth deal wasn't the only move Crew SC made on Thursday. Columbus also acquired an international spot from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money. 
Trade Crew SC made their trade with the Revs official on Thursday, acquiring $200,000 in 2018 General Allocation Money and $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and an international spot for the 2017 and 2018 seasons in exchange for Krisztian NemethColumbus used the No. 1 spot in the MLS Allocation Order to sign Nemeth and subsequently traded him to New England. Crew SC are now last in the MLS Allocation Ranking. 
Report ESPN's Taylor Twellman reports that Columbus will receive "$350K+" of allocation money, presumably in exchange for the top spot in the allocation order, which the Revolution will use to sign F Krisztian Nemeth.
Trade Crew SC said goodbye to M Ethan Finlay on deadline day, sending the sixth-year winger – who has three USMNT caps – to Minnesota United FC in exchange for $425,000 of combined Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money. The move followed the team's acquisition of another winger, Pedro Santos, a day earlier.
Signing After being heavily linked to Crew SC, M Pedro Santos was unveiled as the team's third Designated Player on Aug. 8. Santos, 29, joins from Portuguese outfit Sporting Braga and comes with over 10 years of professional experience in Portugal's Primeira Liga and the Europa League.
Report Hot on the heels of the Pedro Santos reports, Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt has helped stoke the anticipation of Columbus fans on Monday when he tweeted that fans should "be on the lookout for [a] third DP signing."
Report Portuguese website Maisfutebol reports Sporting Braga midfielder Pedro Santos has already taken a medical exam and is heading to the United States to join Crew SC for a transfer fee of 2 million euros (roughly $2.4 million). The 29-year-old would be coming from the same Portuguese side as Tomas Martinez, who signed with Houston as a young Designated Player signing earlier this window.
Report According to a tweet by Patrick Guldan from SB Nation's Massive Report, Columbus Crew SC is interested in signing Colombian playmaker Jarlan Barrera, who currently plays for Atlético Junior.
Report On July 5, ZeroZero.PT reported that Columbus have made a formal offer to Benfica for 21-year-old Venezuelan attacker Jhon Murillo. Benfica, however, turned down the offer, per the report.
Report Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter said adding one or more offensive pieces may be a focus in the summer transfer window, according to a tweet from the Columbus Dispatch's Andrew Erickson. Berhalter also said he hopes Columbus can take advantage of its top spot in the current allocation order.

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