The Revolution made the worst-kept secret — well, when your secret is live-streaming the Rolling Stones concert at Gillette on Instagram, it’s hard to keep that under wraps, you know — official Wednesday afternoon, as the club has signed Argentine striker Gustavo Bou to a multi-year contract.
As per club policy, terms of the deal with Bou — pronounced Bow, like bow and arrow — were not announced, but there have been reports of a high transfer fee being agreed to: MLSSoccer.com's Ian Quillen reported a transfer fee of $5 million over the weekend. In Julian Cardillo’s ProSoccerUSA.com story from Tuesday, he noted that Mexican media has reported four years and $10 million in compensation, which would make Bou, a 120-goal scorer, the largest amount of investment the Revolution have put in for one player.
The Argentine will be added to the Revolution’s roster as a designated player upon receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate; in other words, don’t expect him to be available for selection when New England travels to DC United this Friday.
Bou comes to Foxborough from Xolos de Tijuana in Liga MX, where he has spent the last two seasons, including a loan spell with Argentina’s Racing Club. During his time in Mexico, Bou scored 20 goals in 49 appearances.
He had played with Racing Club before his transfer to Xolos, where he scored 45 goals in 100 appearances.
He started his career with River Plate, where he sporadically played over six years, with three separate loans to clubs in Argentina and Ecuador. He joined River Plate’s reserve side in 2004, then joined the first team four years later.
If there’s one thing we can deduce from this early-window piece of business, it’s this: Bruce Arena ain’t playing checkers, kids.