Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis is close to making his dreams of playing in Europe come true. According to multiple reports, Elis is close to finalizing a move to Portuguese side Boavista.
Reportedly, Boavista agreed to pay between $7 million and $9 million to Houston, while Elis is expected to ink a three-year deal once he undergoes his physical.
If everything checks out, this would be Boavista’s second purchase from MLS in a matter of weeks, as they recently also acquire USMNT defender Reggie Cannon from FC Dallas.
Alberth Elis joined Houston Dynamo back in 2018 and has been a prominent figure in the team’s starting lineup since. He scored 34 goals and dished 27 assists during his time in Houston while helping Dynamo to win the US Open Cup trophy. Elis also has one All-Star appearance to show for.
Despite his success with Dynamo, Elis was vocal about wanting to take his talents to Europe. The 24-year-old forward previously rejected a contract extension with MLS, so it was only a matter of time before he moves on.
According to reports, Houston reacted swiftly and already identified Argentine forward Mateo Bajamich and Honduras forward Darixon Vuelto as replacements. The club is expected to make a move for the duo once Elis’ transfer is finalized.