Former Adelaide United defender Giuseppe Bovalina. Photo supplied by Adelaide United.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Tuesday that it has signed Australian Giuseppe Bovalina on a transfer from Adelaide United for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old signed a contract which will see him in Vancouver until at least the end of the 2026 MLS season, with club options for 2027 and 2028.

The deal is subject to international clearance, with Bovalina set to arrive in Vancouver this weekend.

Vancouver Whitecaps sporting director Axel Schuster said the club was pleased to welcome him to the side.

“At 19, he has already been a consistent starter for his team, and we have tracked him as one of the top players in his position in the A-League,” Schuster said.

“He brings qualities at both ends of the pitch and we are happy that we were able to convince him that we are the right club with our plan and pathway. We’re looking forward to helping him develop his qualities to the next level.”

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Bovalina said that he was excited for the next stage of his football career, and grateful for the support Adelaide United has given him.

“While I have worked extremely hard on and off the pitch, I would like to thank Carl, Airton, and the Adelaide United coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to flourish on the biggest stage of Australian football.

“I would also like to thank Western Strikers, Croydon FC, and the coaches I have worked with in the Football SA NTC program.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that is being given to me and I can’t wait to arrive. I will work hard and give my all for Vancouver.

“I am also excited to get started and play in such an amazing stadium and fan base.”

Adelaide United Head of Football Marius Zanin had best wishes for Bovalina.

“Giuseppe has been a true professional during his time at Adelaide United,” Zanin said.

“His extreme dedication and hard work are fantastic examples to the other young players in our cohort.

“We look forward to watching him flourish in his footballing career and making Adelaide proud.”

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