Report: RSL sells forward Jefferson Savarino to Brazilian club

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Real Salt Lake forward Jefferson Savarino (7) celebrates his second goal. Real Salt Lake defeated Philadephia Union 4-0 in MLS Soccer at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Sat, July 13, 2019.

Real Salt Lake has reportedly agreed to sell forward Jefferson Savarino to a Brazilian club, per The Athletic.

RSL has sold the Venezuelan national for a $2 million transfer fee to Atlético Mineiro. Salt Lake will also receive 40% of any transfer fee in the event Atlético Mineiro sells him to another team.

While the agreement has not been finalized, RSL expects that it will be completed soon, the report states.

An RSL spokesperson declined comment.

The Athletic also reported that RSL offered Savarino a new multi-year contract worth about $1.5 million, but he turned it down.

Ives Galarcep of SBI Soccer reported last week that RSL was in “advanced discussions” regarding a sale and Atlético Mineiro was “making a strong bid.”

Savarino already has a connection to Atlético Mineiro. The club’s manager, Rafael Dudamel, who recently took the job, coached Savarino on the Venezuelan national team.

Salt Lake first acquired Savario on loan from the Venezuelan club Zulia FC in May 2017. That transaction was reportedly also worth $2 million in transfer fees.

Savarino played a total of 85 games, including the playoffs, for RSL. He scored 22 goals and added 21 assists in three seasons.

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