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Augsburg sell Pepi to Eindhoven

By Peter Weis   @PeterVicey

Some 18 months after he joined German football on a record transfer, American striker Ricardo Pepi's Bundesliga chapter has officially drawn to a close.

Journalist Jörn Petersen of Germany's preeminent footballing publication reports that FC Augsburg have secured a decent transfer fee and re-sale clause for the attacker.
Ricardo Pepi
Ricardo PepiPSV Eindhoven
American striker Ricardo Pepi's switch to PSV Eindhoven was officially finalized on Friday afternoon. The 20-year-old departs German football after making just 15 Bundesliga appearances. Pepi - loaned out to FC Groningen at the beginning of the season - found the success in the Dutch Erdevisie that eluded him in the Bundesrepublik. The USMNT international never scored a Bundesliga goal, yet netted 12 tallies last year whilst on loan in Holland.

Jörn Petersen of Germany's preeminent footballing publication, Kicker Magazine, reports that Augsburg have actually been able to cut their losses in a decent manner. Whereas some sources suggest that the Fuggerstädter were only able to recoup €9 million (after paying over €16 million) for Pepi, Petersen claims that Augsburg were able to secure €11 million for the striker. Additionally, Petersen reports that the FCA have also negotiated a 20 percent re-sale clause.

FCA trainer Enrico Maaßen is quoted in an article published by Petersen on Kicker's website as saying that Pepi deserved the opportunity to move to a league more suitable for him. The El-Paso native was actually scored over one third of the goals for his relegated Dutch side. Maaßen is also quoted as praising Pepi's basic skill yet and wishing him well at a larger club in the Netherlands.

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