GLOBAL FC is set to gain a major boost in time for the start of its Asian Football Confederation Cup group stage campaign next week.
The defending United Football League champions are set to acquire Loyola Meralco star Matthew Hartmann ahead of the continental tournament starting against South China of Hong Kong, a Sparks insider revealed on Tuesday.
The deal is yet completed as it is still undetermined as to who Loyola gets in return.
“What’s clear is Matt is going to Global,” said the source, who requested not to be named. “As to if there is a trade for somebody else is yet to be finalized.”
Whoever Loyola gets in exchange still makes the move surprising as the Simon McMenemy-mentored Sparks have agreed to ship a standout left winger, who has been instrumental to their National Club Championship conquest and in the early goings of the UFL league.
Asked who gets the better end of the transaction, the source said it “depends on how the manager or coach sees it.”
“Sa akin, asset si Matt. Pero depende sa diskarte ng coach yan eh,” the Loyola official said.
“Normally, you wouldn’t allow that to happen na you’d be willing to give away one of their best performers, if not the best, recently,” the source was quick to add. “Pero kanya-kanyang diskarte yan.”
The move will reunite the 25-year-old Hartmann with younger brother and Global striker Mark.
Global coach Leigh Manson declined to comment on the matter as of posting time.