Cyle Larin has finally gotten his wish to sign for Turkish side Besiktas after his agents and Orlando City reached an agreement.
The Canadian attacker has been a notable absentee from Orlando City’s preseason training camp since camp resumed. He has actually been training with the Turkish giants after he passed a medical there and was ready to sign a new deal.
However, he had a two-year extension on his original contract with the Lions triggered and became an Orlando player again. Although he and his representatives had denied having a contract with Orlando, they decided to buckle down and negotiate with the MLS side.
Orlando City were demanding $6.2 million to allow him join Besiktas, but the Turkish giants remained adamant that they would not pay any transfer fee to Orlando, leaving Larin with the burden of paying the remaining worth of his deal.
After some negotiations between Orlando City and Larin, the player has agreed to pay $1.8 million for the remaining two years worth of service he owes Orlando.
This news was confirmed by the Turkish side’s Twitter account today.
This transfer now leaves Dom Dwyer as the only proven MLS goal scorer in Orlando City’s squad. It also opens up an opportunity for another member of the team to become a regular starter alongside Dwyer.
Stefano Pinho should be the automatic choice to start alongside Dwyer, but it would be dangerous for us to underestimate the impact that new signings like Cam Lindley and Chris Mueller can make.
It is important, however, for coach Kreis to build a team that would not be reliant on one attacker for goals in this season so that anyone who leaves would not be missed too much.