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More and more outlets report TFC’s Peralta purchase: But how much will he cost?


>As more and more media outlets report that Honduran midfielder Arnold Peralta is on the move to Toronto FC, a main question remains. How much is the fee?

Soccer Italia, Honduras’s La Prensa and other Central American outlets have reported that CDS Vida has agreed to its attacking midfielder leave the club for TFC in January. But while some of the reports differ on terms, they all agree on one thing: That the Peralta deal will bring some badly needed cash to CDS Vida. And Vida President Carla Dip has been reported to say that a condition of the Peralta sale will be that the Honduran club gets a percentage of any future deal.

What’s interesting is that D.C. United was also reportedly interested in Peralta last year. And the man at the helm of DCU at the time? Then-president Kevin Payne. Now, Payne is the president of the Reds.

But, the reports are also indicating that TFC has been chasing Peralta’s signature for as long as six months. Those same stories indicate there will be a lot of similarities between the Peralta deal and the transfer that brought Designated Player Jerry Bengtson from Motagua to the New England Revolution.

So, if the Honduran and Italian media are true to their word, then we can expect that the Peralta deal will carry a complicated transfer deal which, thanks to MLS’s secrecy about these sort of things, we won’t really have a grip on how it will affect TFC’s salary cap. Of course, it will likely be handled by a nebulous amount of allocation money.

We can only hope, that if and when the deal happens, Dip reports the specifics of the deal to the Vida supporters, and those numbers come back to fans in North America.

Peralta was a member of the Honduran Olympic squad that not only qualified out of CONCACAF, but beat Juan Mata and Spain 1-0 at the London Games.

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  1. Aaron

    December 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    He’s almost certainly a defensive minded player, which better fits Mariner’s rudimentary understanding of soccer.

  2. moralis

    December 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Steve,

    A Honduran fan who watched Arnold Peralta play says he is a defensive midfielder/right back and not an attacking midfielder. He actually marked Neymar at the London Olympics. Looks like he will play alongside Torsten Frings.


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