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Ricardo Pepi is headed to 15th place Augsburg for $20 million.

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Club America Femenil have been hoarding the transfer news to themselves for several days as they seemingly try to sign every available player in the hemisphere. Then a couple of American dudes tried get in on the fun. Ricardo Pepi made an apparently abrupt move to Augsburg after a long-discussed move to Europe for an eye-popping $20 million. While not as outrageous as Pepi’s move, Daryl Dike’s manager from his time with Barnsley is now with West Bromwich Albion and bringing the American to the Championship.

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USA

Ricardo Pepi seemingly had a number of clubs interested, then Augsburg dropped an entirely outrageous sum of money on the table. Ricardo Pepi nearing $20 million transfer to Augsburg - Stars and Stripes FC

Daryl Dike’s permanent English move is done now, and he’ll be playing in the Championship again after a short rest. USMNT forward Daryl Dike signs for West Brom from Orlando City in $9.5m deal

After two outstanding seasons in Orlando City purple, Dike is off to West Brom to continue his career. Orlando City Forward Daryl Dike Transfers to West Bromwich Albion - The Mane Land

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