Caleb Wiley set to Arrive from Atlanta – Have Chelsea Secured the Next Davies?

A remarkable transfer summer continues for Atlanta United. After selling Georgios Giakoumakis for €9.3 million to Cruz Azul and Thiago Almada in a deal worth up an initial €19.5m and up to €27.6m to the Eagle Group, left-back Caleb Wiley could be next. Initially reported by The New York Times, Transfermarkt can confirm that the 19-year-old is set to complete a €10m move to Chelsea. But rather than joining Chelsea, Wiley will be immediately loaned out to Ligue 1 club RC Strasbourg Alsace for playing time.

This latest deal will increase Atlanta United’s transfer income to €38.8m without Almada’s bonuses. Those funds will go a long way toward a significant rebuild for Atlanta mid-season. Already, the club has been linked with a move for Russian forward Aleksey Miranchuk, with Italian media reporting a potential €11m transfer fee. But that is the future. For now, Wiley becomes the latest major outgoing transfer for the Five Stripes.

Once completed, Wiley will become the fifth most expensive outgoing U20 transfer in MLS history (overview). Wiley will also become the third most expensive American-born player to be developed and sold by MLS (overview). But that isn’t all. Among all players sold by Atlanta United, Wiley ranks third behind Miguel Almirón (to Newcastle United), Thiago Almada (Botafogo), and Pity Martínez (Al-Nassr). Finally, the transfer fee will also make him one of the ten most expensive outgoing transfers in MLS history.


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