Ricardo Pepi, Daryl Dike Fulfill European Dreams As They Seek To Become USA’s Starting Forward
West Bromwich Albion and Orlando City confirmed on Saturday that 21-year-old striker Daryl Dike is heading to the Championship on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a transfer fee of $ 9.5 million.
Dike is once again teaming up with French coach Valérien Ismaël, who was Barnsley boss last season when Dike scored nine goals in 19 second division appearances while on loan. Orlando is also online to receive bonuses based on performance and 20% of any future sales.
“I am extremely grateful to everyone at Orlando City for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play for this incredible club,” said Dike. “It was a great place to start my career and I’m grateful to the club for helping me on this next leg of my journey. I will always cherish my time here with my teammates, coaches and staff, but mostly I go to the fans and the incredible atmosphere they create for every home game are missing. “
New Year. New signature.We are delighted to welcome @USMNT international striker @DarylDike at the club on a permanent contract. ️
– West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) January 1, 2022
Dike was next at the Hawthorns on Sunday to watch West Brom’s 1-1 draw against Cardiff City.
On Sunday we also had a new twist in the Ricardo Pepi transfer saga. A week ago, Fabrizio Romano told us that the 18-year-old Texan is set to sign with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, but now Romano says he is joining Augsburg for $ 20million.
Ricardo Pepi is in Munich today with his agent to undergo medical tests and to sign a five-year contract as a new Augsburg player for $ 20 million. Let’s go to be officially confirmed soon #transfers
-Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 2, 2022
In terms of upfront money, that would make Pepi the most expensive outgoing local MLS player ever (Alphonso Davies initially cost Bayern Munich $ 11million, but those fees have increased with the additions).
The FC Dallas forward was supposed to complete his physical exam on Sunday before making the news official, so expect confirmation on Monday.
Announce Pepi pic.twitter.com/3wjHwij9SJ
It’s an open race for the USMNT striker position, and the player who starts scoring in Europe is going to have a clear record to make it his own. Matthew Hoppe has only made two La Liga appearances for Mallorca this season as he struggled with injuries, Josh Sargent has not scored any goals in 17 Premier League appearances with Norwich and Nicholas Gioacchini has not scored any none in 15 Ligue 1 matches for Montpellier.
Jordan Pefok has 11 goals in 17 games for Young Boys, but that comes with the caveat that this is the Swiss Super League.