In an offseason that has already seen the club change managers and lose star Thierry Henry, the Red Bulls have now pulled off a blockbuster deal with the Montreal Impact to land midfielder Felipe Martins and, maybe more importantly, the top spot in the allocation order.
Goal's Ives Galarcep reports that New York's top target in the allocation order is Anderlecht and U.S. national team midfielder Sacha Kljestan.
The deal will see steady midfielder Eric Alexander, who played a big part in helping stabalize the Red Bulls defensively late in the 2014 season, and left back Ambroise Oyongo head to Montreal, along with allocation money and an international player spot.
The trade clears the way for Red Bulls to land Sacha Klejstan via allocation order. Anderlecht was seeking transfer fee for Kljestan.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 27, 2015
"We feel that this trade puts us in a great position," said Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis in a team release. "Felipe gives us options going forward that will allow us to play the style of soccer that we want to play. He is the type of player that can make an impact immediately and be a part of our future."
While Kljestan is a clear favorite to join the Red Bulls, the club suggests that no decision has been made on how it will use the allocation spot
"While we have a top target in mind, we are considering all options to make use of the top allocation spot," Curtis said.