Clint Dempsey is the biggest American name in football abroad. He is in the prime of his career. Having taken the record for most goals scored by an American, he may get a shot at Champions League Football.
Come summer, Dempsey's name will be one that will circulate with many big clubs. After all, he did appear on Peter Webster's list of the 50 Biggest Names on the Market this Summer and Who Will Sign Them.
The 29-year-old midfielder would be best to stay in the Premier League. He knows how to succeed in the English game. His contract expires at the end of the season.
It will be interesting to see if Fulham tries to keep him, but he may be too expensive to stay at Craven Cottage a while longer.
There's always a possibility that Dempsey winds up staying at Craven Cottage. When Dempsey was brought in shortly after the 2006 World Cup, Fulham looked like a team that would be close to relegation. He helped keep Fulham in the Premier League and helped them get to European competition.
Loyalty could be a deciding factor, but good money might be hard for the Cottagers to pass up. There is still a possibility, however, that Dempsey stays at Fulham.
Should the Texan be moved, it is very likely that it will be a record transfer fee for an American player. The current record for an American happened when Villarreal paid $10 million for Jozy Altidore in 2008 from the New York Red Bulls.
hese are some of the big Premier League clubs that Dempsey could end up with.