Atlanta United permanently acquires Josef Martinez from Torino FC
Following a blistering start to the season, Atlanta United
wasted little time exercising its option to purchase striker
Josef Martinez from Italian side Torino FC.
After initially signing on loan, the
23-year-old designated player inked a multi-year deal with
Atlanta. Terms of the transfer were not disclosed.
Martinez is the leading scorer in MLS with five goals after
three weeks of the season. Following a scoreless debut, the
Venezuelan striker scored a hat trick at Minnesota United and
added a brace against Chicago on Saturday.
“The loan deal had an option to make the transfer permanent
which we have now triggered as planned,” Atlanta United
president Darren Eales said in a club release. “Josef has been
a fantastic addition to our club and it’s clear he has the
ability to continuing making an impact in our league.”
During his time with Torino, Martinez scored 13 goals and
had six assists in 76 combined appearances after joining the
club in 2014.
Martinez is currently with the Venezuela national team for
its World Cup qualifying matches taking place from March
23-28. He has been capped 37 times and has scored nine
goals since making his debut for his country in 2011.