It was a long time coming for the upcoming Canadian star. The 22-year-old winger has finally completed his move to Belgium. Teams across Europe were battling for the rights of Buchanan, including offers from England and Germany. But, it was Club Brugge who came out on top, based in Bruges, Belgium.
The transfer fee will be $7M, despite rumors that Chelsea, among other clubs, offered up to double digit millions. But, the deal includes a 10% sell on fee. This means that the New England Revolution will receive ten percent of Tajon’s next move if and when he moves onto even bigger and better things. If he continues to improve, a top five league may come calling within two years.
The most important part of the transfer is that Buchanan will stay with the Revs through the 2021 MLS season. While his sights are set on bigger and better things, he has some business to handle first. The Revs are leading the Eastern Conference by fifteen points, behind Tajon’s six goals and four assists. He has been a revelation, so a solution will need to be found in the off-season to replace him. The Revs have three DPs at the moment, making it harder to get a marquee player in to replace him, but they have gained solid funds to do so.
Tajon left for Belgium on a flight on Sunday night, and signed the contract Monday. He completed his physical, took photos, and got his number seventeen jersey revealed. This means that he will not be back in time for the MLS All-Star game, which goes by a similar rule to the NHL. Missing the All-Star game equals a one game suspension, which he will serve on Saturday night against NYCFC. Polster, Gil, and Bye may all be unavailable as well, but we’ll have to wait and see. The transfer is massive news, but it can’t get in the way at the task at hand. The Revs want trophies, and the push is only just getting started. New England will visit New York City FC at Yankee Stadium, kickoff slated for 7:30 PM EST.