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CF Montreal acquires Canadian international defender Alistair Johnston from Nashville

CF Montreal added to its defence Monday by acquiring Canadian international Alistair Johnston from Nashville SC.

23-year-old fullback from Aurora, Ont., became fixture in Canadian backline this year

Alistair Johnston, left, seen playing for Nashville SC on November, signed a new two-year deal with CF Montreal with option years in 2024 and 2025. (Mark Humphrey/The Associated Press)

CF Montreal added to its defence Monday by acquiring Canadian international Alistair Johnston from Nashville SC.

The 23-year-old fullback from Aurora, Ont., who became a fixture in the Canadian backline this year after making his senior debut in March, came at a price. Montreal is giving up $1 million US in general allocation money — $750,000 in 2022 and $250,000 in 2023 — to get him.

Nashville could receive an additional 10 per cent in transfer fee over the initial amount of $1 million.

Johnston, whose salary was a bargain at $73,079 in his second MLS season in 2021, has signed a new two-year deal with Montreal with option years in 2024 and 2025.

"We are pleased to welcome this young Canadian who had a strong desire to join the club," Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. "Beyond his footballing qualities, Alistair has demonstrated an exemplary mindset with the Canadian national team.

"He is a versatile defender who can play both as a right back as well as part of a three-man defence. We will continue closely working with him to further his progression."

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