United States men’s national team winger Conrad de la Fuente joined Marseille from Barcelona for $3.5 million and signed a four-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.
The 19-year-old player played for Barcelona B team last season, but only played three games with Barcelona’s senior team.
“Barcelona FC and the Marseille Olympic Games have reached an agreement on the transfer of Conrad de la Fuente for a price of 3 million euros,” Barcelona statement read“Barca will get a certain percentage of the player’s future sales.”
Marseille also confirmed this move“With right foot, Conrad can also play on the right or left wing, which makes him a very versatile player. [He is a] A dribbling player, good technique and fast speed; this native Floridian has all the qualities needed to outsmart his opponent. “
Conrad was born in Florida, moved to Spain at the age of 10 and joined Barcelona. The winger was then promoted in La Masia and became one of the club’s most promising young rookies.
Despite his dual citizenship of Spain and the United States, Conrad chose to play for the United States at the international level and represent the country at various youth levels.
In November 2020, the winger made his first appearance for USMNT in a friendly against Wales.
As his contract with Barcelona will expire next summer, the teenager chose to permanently transfer to France, where he will seek more regular senior club playing time.
USMNT forward Timothy Weah also played for France’s Ligue 1, helping Lille win the league championship in the most recent season. Other famous American national team players who gnash their teeth in France include Jordan Sibaggio (Rennes), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Charlie David Si (Sochaux) and current Los Angeles Galaxy coach Greg Varney (Bastia).