Nicholas Gioacchini will now have a chance to perform in France’s Ligue 1 as he moved to Montpellier on loan from Ligue 2 side Caen in the final minutes of the summer transfer window on Tuesday.
Both sides agreed to a season-long loan with Montpellier having the option to make the deal permanent at a price of 2.4 million dollars.
Initially, it seemed that the deal would not be allowed to go through as according to a report there was an administration hiccup due to a computer error when transmitting the relevant documents to complete Gioacchini’s move to his new club.
However, in the end, the loan deal was completed, and Montpellier made the announcement.
“This is the first American we have recruited from the boys,” said Montpellier President Laurent Nicollin. “It’s a gamble on the future and I hope he can integrate quickly and make his place in the coach’s group.”
Gioacchini, 21, makes the move to the French top-flight following stints at Caen and his first club Paris FC. In 46 games for Les Vikings, he scored six goals.
Now, the Kansas City, Missouri-born forward should have a chance to show off his talents as Montpellier released two of their top attacking players prior to making a move for him.
Gioacchini could see his first action for his new team when they face Saint Etienne in Ligue 1 action on September 12.