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Transfer: Palacios chooses LAFC over Barcelona

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Diego Palacios chose to ply his trade in Los Angeles rather than Barcelona.

Palacios is an Ecuadorian Under 20 international.

According to ESPN sources, he has been sought after by the La Liga side for some time.

The left-back, shone for Ecuador’s U20 team World Cup team. Playing a crucial role in them reaching the semi-finals.

He played last season, in the Dutch league, at Willem as part of a loan deal from Ecuadorian team Aucas.

It is here on European soil where he has attracted the attention of some larger teams.

It is understood that Barca was offering the youngster the 20-year-old the opportunity to develop his skills in the Barcelona B team.

With the prospect of moving on to the first team, based on his progress.

LAFC, who is currently sitting at the top of their division in the MLS see the young defender as a potential first-teamer with immediate effect.

MLS regular season leader LAFC is set to bring in Ecuadorian left-back Diego Palacios, who had initially drawn interest from La Liga side Barcelona, according to ESPN FC sources.

It is understood, that the opportunity to play first-team football was a deciding factor in his decision.

Palacios signed a four-year contract and will travel to Los Angeles on Monday. His arrival is subject to a visa.

The financial details fo the deal have not yet been disclosed.

This is the second South American young prospect LAFC have signed in as many days. Palacios was preceded by 19-year-old Uruguayan forward Brian Rodriguez.

He was allocated a Designated Player contract on Wednesday.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 05: Rasmus Kristensen of Ajax (L) is challenged by Diego Palacios of Willem II during the Dutch Toto KNVB Cup Final between Willem II and Ajax at De Kuip on May 05, 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)