Durán, the golden child of Colombia for whom Aston Villa has paid more than 18 million dollars

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  • The striker from Medellín is one of the great bets for Aston Villa coach Unai Emery. Both James Rodríguez and Luis Díaz cost Porto seven million, much less than the 19-year-old attacker

Durán, the golden child of Colombia for whom Aston Villa has paid more than 18 million dollars

More than 18 million dollars paid by the government. Aston Villa went to the Chicago Fire to sign Jhon Durán. From James to Luis Díaz, talent from Colombia comes dearly. With its sale, the Fire achieved a success. 15.5 million capital gains in one year. Sebastian Pelzer, the club's technical director, explains to EFE why the the boy from Medellín broke the house. the bench.

Speed, power and punch. It is what impacted me. from the first moment to the scouts of the Chicago Fire. Increasingly important qualities to dazzle in modern football already present in a young man who in a few months spent his time in football. He went from being unknown to the general public to placing his name on the list of the most expensive signings in Colombian soccer.

“When I saw him for the first time, I realized that I had “He has quality, especially physicality, to adapt to a big league. He's very good in the air and has a lot of punch,” Pelzer, a former German defender and director of the team, told EFE. He has been a Fire technical player since 2019.

Durán signed with the Fire. in January 2021 from Envigado FCHe signed when he was 17 years old and became, at that time, the youngest signing in the history of MLS.

Data analysis and high-performance tests

Durán had stayed with him. He spent a year on loan in Colombia, supported by Fire techniciansThey measured their growth with high-performance data analytics. “It was impressive to see how he grew that year based on those tests. He was hungry, he wanted to consecrate himself,” says Pelzer .

Incorporated into the Joining the first team in the 2022 season, Durán had little prominence in the first half of the campaign, but ended up winning the first team. growing up and ended up the course with eight goals and three assists. It was enough for clubs from half Europe to knock on the Fire door, particularly from English football.

“Despite the fact that he played few games, we received interest from many teams. We received requests via phone and mail. In the end it was a great sale for the club and for the MLS. The league is growing,” he said.

Colombia, on the MLS sales podium

And, pending receipt of the work visa and finalization of the formalization of the contract, Durán already raised the price. to the podium of the most expensive sales in the history of the MLS. The Paraguayan Miguel Almirón leads the ranking, with the 26 million dollars paid by Newcastle to Atlanta United in 2019, followed by the close of 22 million disbursed by Bayern Munich to snatch the Canadian Alphonso Davis from Vancouver. n Durán, which could reach 22 millionwith the variables, it carries the flag of Colombia in the record sales area of ​​the MLS. In addition, he is the most expensive Colombian to make the jump from an American league to a European one. Neither James Rodríguez nor Luis Díaz, later protagonists of million-dollar operations in Europe, cost Porto so much >to seize them respectively from Banfield and Atlético Junior.

His teammates at the Fire: “He has plenty of conditions”

Much loved in the Chicago Fire's locker room > Due to his “joy”, Durán leaves a great memory among his Latino colleagues, convinced that “they have plenty of conditions” to have a good role in the Premier League .

“He is very good technically and physically. He is very young, he still has to learn a lot in terms of tactics, but experience will help him for that. He is going to the best league in the world and conditions “He has plenty. We wish them all the best from here,” Paraguayan Gastón Giménez said in a conversation with EFE.

Argentine Fede Navarro , a defensive midfielder, sees “still room for growth.” “He has many resources and he's going to one of the best leagues in the world. He's a great boy, in recent months he's done a lot with us and he's a great person. Let's hope he does very well,” said the former midfielder. Talleres Córdoba.

While waiting for the formalization of his contract, Durán learned of the closing of the negotiations with the < strong>Aston Villa from Colombia, where he is already a fixture of the U-20 team and one of the possible new additions to the absolute coffee maker.