Aston Villa has agreed terms with the Chicago Fire on the acquisition of Colombia international forward Jhon Duran, the club announced on Monday.
According to ESPN, Chicago Fire will receive a transfer fee of $18 million guaranteed, with another $4m if certain performance metrics are met, a record for the club.
Fire will also receive an undisclosed percentage of any future transfer. Colombian side Envigado, where Duran started his professional career, will also get an undisclosed cut of the fee.
The deal is contingent on personal terms being reached with Duran, as well as him passing a medical and securing a work permit.
Duran, 19, had reportedly been on the radar of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Benfica yet it was Villa who won the race for the highly rated Colombian.
Duran is currently in Colombia preparing to take part in the 2023 South American under-20 Championship.
The Medellin native made his professional debut back in 2019 with Envigado.