The Vancouver Whitecaps continue to re-tool their team as today they sent Kekuta Manneh to Columbus Crew SC in exchange for Tony Tchani, $225,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, and $75,000 in General Allocation Money.
If Manneh signs a new contract with Columbus, his current deal is up at the end of the season, Vancouver will also receive Columbus' natural first round MLS SuperDraft pick. If Manneh is traded by Columbus before December 31, 2018, Vancouver will receive more GAM. Lastly, if Manneh is sold outside of MLS, Vancouver will get a percentage of the transfer fee.
Manneh, 22, is in his 5th MLS season and has scored 22 goals and added 12 assists in 101 regular season appearances. Manneh was called in to US National Team camp in January and is close to gaining full eligibility for the United States. Manneh joins a Columbus team with an already stout attacking corps including Ola Kamara, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram, and Ethan Finlay.
Tchani, 27, made 130 appearances for Crew SC after joining the club in July of 2011. He scored 8 goals and added 18 assists for the Black & Gold. The Cameroonian will likely slot in to the Vancouver midfield alongside Matias Laba.