Fabian Castillo Joins Trabzonspor

After several weeks of confusion and mystery surrounding Fabian Castillo’s potential move to Turkish club Trabzonspor, the saga appears to have reached a conclusion on Thursday.

Sports Illustrated’s Brian Straus is reporting that MLS, FC Dallas and Trabzonspor have all agreed to the terms of Castillo’s move.

Those terms would see Trabzonspor send around $3 million to FC Dallas in exchange for Castillo’s services for the remainder of 2016. Then in January, Trabzonspor will be required to play additional fees to FC Dallas in order to retain Castillo, should the club want to keep the Colombian.

At this point it is not known how much money Trabzonspor would be expected to pay FC Dallas in order to retain Castillo.

If Trabzonspor fail to pay that extra money to Dallas, then Castillo’s rights would go back to the MLS club, possibly allowing for a return to Frisco by Castillo in 2017. However, based on the way that Castillo left FC Dallas, that seems unlikely.

With the transfer structured in this manner, it would appear that FC Dallas are really just loaning Castillo out for the remainder of the year before completing the sale during the MLS off season.

Castillo has now met up with the Trabzonspor first team in Hungary, where they are in the midst of their preseason.

FC Dallas meanwhile have ten games remaining in their MLS regular season and will begin CONCACAF Champions League play tonight at home against Nicaragua’s Real Esteli.

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