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Atlanta United receive multiple European offers for George Bello

Chris Smith
Bello has his sights set on a move to Europe, but negotiations are proving complicated.
Bello has his sights set on a move to Europe, but negotiations are proving complicated. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Atlanta United left-back George Bello could be set for a move to Europe with multiple clubs lodging offers, according to reports.

Earlier this month, club president Darren Eales confirmed Atlanta United would not stand in Bello's way, should he wish to cross the Atlantic.

"With George, there has been a swirl of interest," Eales said. "He's an exciting young player and has been fantastic for us. He had the most homegrown minutes of any Under-23 player in the league last year, I think he's been superb when he's had his opportunities playing for the United States.

"He's come from our academy and is someone we're really proud of. With George, like with all our players, if there's an offer that works for the club and, more importantly in this case, for George, we'll be there to facilitate it for him.

"He wants to play in Europe and if the right offer comes and we can get something done then obviously, he goes with our blessing."

On Saturday, journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed the Five Stripes had accepted an offer of $3.75m plus add-ons from Belgian side Cercle Brugge for the 20-year-old. The situation was complicated when German Bundesliga Arminia Bielefeld lodged a much lower offer, but one that was of more interest to Bello. Bielefeld are yet to agree terms with Atlanta United.

Romano later reported that Bello has 'no intention' of accepting Cercle Brugge's proposal, leaving the door open for Bielefeld should they increase their offer.

Bello is in a strong position at the negotiating table given his current deal with Atlanta United expires at the end of this year, meaning he'll soon be able to negotiate pre-contract agreements.

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