Thursday afternoon reports indicate that the New York Red Bulls have agreed to sell Kemar Lawrence to RSC Anderlecht in the Belgian First Division. Sam Stejskal first reported the news on The Athletic
The Red Bulls long tenured left back expressed frustration with the club in December, reportedly requesting a trade. He cited the Red Bulls lack of ambition, and frustration at his yearly wages as the main reasons behind his displeasure with the club.
“It always feels like we don’t want to pay somebody to keep them or get the right persons,” said Lawrence in an interview with Tom Bogert. “Always trying to save some money or do something the cheaper way instead of investing in somebody and watching it turn over, you get me?”
The Red Bulls may now look to fill the void at left back with rookie draft pick Patrick Seagrist, Kyle Duncan, or the newly signed Mandela Egbo as the most likely candidates.
This is the second time this offseason that the Red Bulls dealt a fullback to Anderlecht. In December, Michael Murillo transferred to the Belgian club for a reported “high six figure fee”. Similarly, Lawrence’s fee is reported to be in the range of $1.25-1.5 dollars.
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