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LAFC sign Croatian forward Stipe Biuk to 4-year deal

Nov 6, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; LAFC fans react during the MLS Cup championship celebration at Exposition Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles FC signed Croatian forward Stipe Biuk to a four-year contract through 2026 with a club option for 2027.

Financial terms of his deal with the Croatian club Hajduk Split were not disclosed, but reports put the transfer fee in the $6 million neighborhood.

Stipe, 20, joins the reigning MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield winners through the U22 Initiative and will occupy an international roster slot.

“Stipe is an incredibly talented player with considerable experience for his age who is recognized as one of the top young players in Europe,” LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said in a release.

“It is exciting to welcome a player of his quality, pedigree and potential to LAFC, and we are confident he will excite our fans and contribute to our team’s success in the years to come.”

Biuk recorded six goals and eight assists in 66 matches with Hajduk Split since making his debut in 2020. He helped the club win the Croatian Football Cup in 2021-22.

Biuk was named to the UEFA.com “40 for the Future” list in 2022 and was a finalist for the 2022 Golden Boy Award as one of Europe’s best young players.

–Field Level Media