ST. PAUL — Minnesota United has wanted another French fullback for more than a year.
Since Romain Metanire arrived in the MLS in 2019 and performed at an all-star level in 2019, the Loons have tried to sign another Ligue 1 defender but were unsuccessful with that unidentified target.
On Monday, United FC announced the addition of one: Bakaye Dibassy, a French defender from Amiens. Dibassy was acquired with Targeted Allocation Money used for elevated signings.
“I liken him to Romain Metanire — very strong, loves to run, loads of experience and a great character fit for this club,” United manager Adrian Heath said in a statement. “We are delighted to bring him in.”
Dibassy, who originally was a D.C. United transfer target, played in 130 games for Amiens. The 30-year-old center back/fullback will be available to Minnesota after the MLS is Back Tournament concludes and the transfer window opens Aug. 12. Minnesota must first obtain his immigration paperwork.
“Acquiring someone like Dibassy, who possesses experience, versatility and incredible athleticism — who has played so many games in the top leagues in France — is a huge boost for the club,” Heath added.
The addition of Dibassy comes as left back Chase Gasper has helped the Loons reach the MLS is Back Tournament semifinal. They will play Orlando City at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Heath offered unsolicited praise of Gasper after Minnesota ran past San Jose 4-1 in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
“I must say, I want to add as well I thought Chase Gasper had an outstanding game against (Cristian) Espinoza, who is a really difficult player to play against,” Heath said on a conference call Saturday.
Dibassy is Paris-born and of Malian descent. He has played for the Mali national team four times and will take an international roster spot with the Loons.