CF Montreal acquire George Campbell in trade with Atlanta United

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George Campbell joins CF Montreal.
George Campbell joins CF Montreal. / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

CF Montréal have acquired center back George Campbell from Atlanta United, in exchange for up to $900,000 in General Allocation Money. 

The funds break down as $400k in 2023 GAM and $200k in 2024 GAM, plus another $300k in conditional GAM. Additionally, Atlanta will retain a sell-on fee. 

“We are very happy with George’s acquisition. He’s a player we tried to get in the past, but his club preferred not to let him go at the time,” Olivier Renard, Montréal’s vice president and chief sporting officer, said in a release. 

“He has the type of profile we particularly like; a young player who doesn’t take an international spot, and who we can support in his development. I am very confident that he has what it takes to strengthen our current defensive squad.”

The defender stands as a homegrown player for Atlanta, originally signing with the Eastern Conference club in 2019. He recorded one goal in 36 regular-season games for Atlanta United, before making the move to Montreal. 

“George joined our academy in 2016 and completed our player pathway to the first team, proving he was ready for the challenge at each step in his development,” Atlanta VP and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a release. 

“He has been a great professional and positive influence around the club and community. We want to thank George for his contributions to the club and wish him the best of luck in his future.”

Campbell is set to replace Alistair Johnson, who recently transferred to Scotland’s Celtic FC, while Atlanta now depends on Alan Franco, Juanjo Purata and Miles Robinson to fill the role.