Atlanta United announced on Tuesday the completion of a permanent transfer for the Venezuelan striker from Italian side Torino, who initially loaned Martinez to the expansion side in February. Already one of Atlanta’s Designated Players, Martinez has signed a multi-year contract with the club after racing out to an early lead in the 2017 MLS Golden Boot race with five goals in the first three games of the season.
“The loan deal had an option to make the transfer permanent which we have now triggered as planned,” Atlanta United president Darren Eales said in a club release. “Josef has been a fantastic addition to our club and it’s clear he has the ability to continuing making an impact in our league.”
Currently with Venezuela’s national team on World Cup qualifying duty, Martinez played for Swiss clubs Young Boys and FC Thun and Caracas FC in his homeland before joining Torino in 2014.