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Revolution make major acquisition in Spanish midfielder Carles Gil

Aymen Abdennour of Valencia CF and Carles Gil of Deportivo de la Corua during their La Liga match between Valencia CF and Deportivo de la Corua, at the Mestalla Stadium, on 2 April 2017 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***(Sipa via AP Images)
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Carles Gil (right) will join the Revolution at preseason training camp in Spain.

The Revolution have completed a deal for Spanish midfielder Carles Gil, who will become their most expensive acquisition ever.

Gil, 26, will join the Revolution on a $2 million transfer from Deportivo La Coruna and receive a salary of about $2 million, according to Major League Soccer sources.

“We feel he’s worthy of it,” Revolution technical director Michael Burns said. “He’s a No. 10, an attacking playmaker. We feel he will bring another dimension to our team with his technical ability, his ability to see the field and create goals for others, and for himself.

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“He’s signed a multiyear deal, he’s in the prime of his career, and we hope he will be with us for a long time.”

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Gil, born in Valencia, started his career with Valencia CF. He moved to Aston Villa on a 4.2 million euro transfer (approximately $4.8 million) in 2015, teaming with US national team goalkeeper Brad Guzan under the direction of current Montreal Impact coach Remi Garde. Gil then went to La Coruna on a 1.75 million euro deal ($2 million) last year.

Gil has 10 goals in 168 appearances since 2012-13, according to transfermarkt.com.

Gil also played on Spain’s U21 team with attacking players such as Gerard Deulofeu (Watford), Jesé (Paris Saint-Germain), Saul Niguez and Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao), Suso (Milan), and Oliver Torres (FC Porto).

“He’s very excited to join us and play in New England,” Burns said. “We made sure all the boxes are checked. With his age and position on the field, it made a lot of sense for us. We feel he can be a difference-maker for us.”

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Gil was set to undergo a medical examination and join the Revolution for preseason training in Marbella, Spain, on Wednesday.

Only Jermaine Jones ($3.05 million in 2015) has received a higher salary from the Revolution.

Defender Michael Mancienne ($1.37 million) is the team’s highest-salaried returning player.

The Revolution have not paid significant transfer fees for players in the past. Most of their imports arrived as free agents, on free transfers, or on loan.