Revolution continue a spending spree with acquisition of Argentinian striker Gustavo Bou

$16 million dollars was the fee for the former Club Tijuana striker.

The Revolution have acquired striker Gustavo Bou, the team announced on Wednesday. –David Silverman/New England Revolution

The Revolution are transforming themselves from one of the most frugal squads to one of the higher-spending teams in Major League Soccer. The Revolution’s cash splash accelerated with the commitment of at least $16 million for the acquisition of Argentinian striker Gustavo Bou, whose signing was confirmed Wednesday.

Bou, 29, arrives from Mexico’s Club Tijuana in a deal that includes $12 million in transfer fees and guaranteed salary, and could “exceed $16 million’’ with bonuses and options, according to a league source.

“He’s a different class,’’ Revolution sporting director/head coach Bruce Arena said. “He gives us a real bit of quality in the attacking end of the field. He’s an attacking player. He’s not necessarily a 9 [center forward], not necessarily a 10 [midfield playmaker], but he’s an attacking player and he can help create goals, and we’re pleased to have him. He’s coming here with a great attitude and he can help us build a team that is better than the one we have.’’

Gustavo Bou (left) could join the Revolution in time for Friday’s game. —GUSTAVO BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images
Gustavo Bou joins the Revolution in the midst of a 4-0-3 run since May 8. —David Silverman/New England Revolution