Minnesota United has officially signed their man in Emanuel Reynoso bringing the months long process to a close. The Loons officially completed the transfer today and the youngster nicknamed “Bebelo” will officially join MNUFC after receiving his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Reynoso will occupy both an International slot for the Loons as well as a DP slot, joining fellow South American Thomás Chacón of Uruguay, and the Slovakian Jan Gregus. This makes all of MNUFC’s 3 DP’s officially midfielders. Bebelo seems to be happy with the moving saying:
“I like the league a lot because it’s growing every day. When I found out about the club’s interest, I started to do some research on the club and the organization as a whole, and I didn’t doubt that I would like the city and the club very much. Once I got here and got an up close look at the team, I had no doubt this was a great league. My hope is to connect with the team quickly, place my little grain of sand to keep this team moving forward and together we’ll accomplish great things for this organization.”
Transfernarkt has reported Reynoso being worth approximately US$ 5.5 million and the transfer fee being US$ 4.68 million.
Loons manager Adrian Heath is just happy to have the player and finally be done with the ordeal after it taking such a long time.
“It’s been a long, drawn-out process but we’re finally glad we’ve got it over the line. We feel as though we’ve got one of the best players in the league,” says MNUFC Head Coach Adrian Heath. “This is a guy we’ve been following now for maybe a year or so. To finally get him in here is going to be a huge relief for me, a huge relief for [Emanuel] because I know it’s something he’s wanted. He’s had other opportunities elsewhere but he stuck to his principles. He’s always wanted to come here. We’re looking forward to welcoming him in to market and I’m looking forward to see what he can do with this group of players because it’s another huge piece for us moving forward. A great addition to the squad. I’d like to thank the ownership group, who’s obviously gone out on a limb and spent an awful lot of money on this guy so we’re just really pleased to get him in.”
Head Coach Adrian Heath has been asked about Reynoso in the last two post match press conferences. After the Sporting Kansas City match he was asked about Boca Juniors tweet saying Reynoso was on his was to MNUFC.
El volante Emanuel “Bebelo” Reynoso, tras 66 partidos y 3 títulos en el club, seguirá su carrera en el Minnesota United de la MLS de EE.UU. ¡Mucha suerte! pic.twitter.com/bREjYCSiX1— Boca Jrs. Oficial (desde ) (@BocaJrsOficial) August 22, 2020
Heath responded to the question saying:
“Well, we’re hoping to get him in. Nothing has been signed yet. But, I’d be incredibly dissapointed if it doesn’t happen. The kid wants to come. We want him. Everything has been agreed. But, nothing has been officially signed yet. That has to be done. So, hopefully we will get him in, get his medical and we’ll go from there.”
Heath was then asked after the loss to FC Dallas is Reynoso would be ready for the Wednesday night clash in Houston, where he responded:
“Yeah. It’ll be possible, yeah.”
The Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda reported yesterday that both Reynoso and MNUFC’s other new signing Bakaye Dibassy were both training with the team at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
FYI, your @MNUFC trained in Blaine this morning in advance of Wednesday’s game at Houston. Newcomers Emanuel Reynoso and Bakaye Dibassy worked out individually on their own. #mnufc— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) August 31, 2020
#ReynosoWatch has been on our radar pretty much the entire calendar year, in fact back in February our own Vince Rosetta wrote on Why MNUFC needs Emanuel Reynoso and in response our own Steven Bichler wrote Why Minnesota United doesn’t need Emanuel Reynoso. Bebelo will be a much needed addition to the attack, and as Mark Watson expressed we will probably find Reynoso playing in many spots similar to his time at Boca Juniors.
“We are very excited to welcome Emanuel to the club. We feel we have added a talented, young, motivated number 10 joining an already strong team,” said MNUFC Technical Director Mark Watson. “He’s a very versatile player who played many positions at Boca Juniors but we will look to play him higher up the field and get him closer to the box to help us create and score goals. Obviously, negotiations were very prolonged and complex but at the core of it was that Boca was very reluctant to let him go. In the end, it was the player who made this deal happen with his desire to come to Minnesota. He has great character, energy and work rate that will be a good complement to our club culture and philosophy.”
Once Reynoso has played a few matches in the Black and Blue expect a scouting report on him from us. And to stay tuned to E Pluribus Loonum to stay up to date with all things MNUFC, Forward Madison, and beyond.