For Orlando, it’s an inevitable and helpful move as the club looks to evolve in modern MLS. Per ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle, Orlando will get about $9.5 million for Dike, and while that’s not an astronomical figure, it’s a healthy return for a player of his quality and a fair market value. They’re also reportedly getting a healthy sell-on percentage, a huge thing to watch with a player of Dike’s potential.
This is a move that proves Orlando are able and willing to move a player up the football hierarchy and get a fair price in return. If Orlando wants to get the top players and top prospects in the league, this was a huge proof of concept moment. Orlando City and Luiz Muzzi now have an example of how they can help a player get on in their career that they can use to recruit top prospects across the world.
This further emphasizes the importance of the 2022 offseason for this club, however. Nani already left and now Dike’s off to England. Mauricio Pereyra is back, but there’s now a glaring need for goal scorers, match winners and overall star power. The Wilf Family is not short on funds or ambition, plus the Dike sale will net a healthy sum of allocation money, so Luiz Muzzi and Oscar Pareja have the resources to build a special team next season.