Transfer Rumors: Predicting the Top Americans on the Move This Summer
It is that time of year again, folks! The transfer window is almost upon us, and that means we are required to waste several hours every month reading rumors about what is happening with our favorite players and teams.
This summer, as always, is going to be an active one for many Americans as they look to take the next step in their careers. So which Yanks are actually on the move and where will they end up?
Click through this slideshow to see the potential destinations of some of the top Americans worldwide. Enjoy!
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There is no denying that Michael Bradley has established himself as one of the premier players on the USMNT roster since his move to Chievo. The last 12 months that he has spent with the club have been invaluable to his career and reputation, but rumors are hinting that Bradley might be on the move yet again this summer.
Apparently, Chievo is willing to take advantage of Bradley’s enhanced publicity and shop him off to the greatest bidder this summer. Certainly, a move to a bigger club would help Bradley’s career continue on the path all USMNT fans want it to go, but a move outside of Serie A seems unlikely.
He recently stated his love of playing in Italy, and many of the league’s respected clubs are set for a bidding war this summer.
Predicted Transfer: Roma
Bradley was apparently interested in Roma last summer before the window closed, but the deal never went through. With Roma looking to get back to its glory days, I wouldn’t doubt the club would be willing to pay a reasonable fee for his services.
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Earlier this week, Maurice Edu revealed that he could have left Rangers after all the club controversy that occurred back in the winter. Edu chose to be loyal to the club for the remainder of the season, but with one year left on his contract and the Rangers situation still a mess, don't be surprised if Edu finds a new home this summer.
He also stated recently that he desires to play Champions League football once again, which means that a move to a lower-league powerhouse is most likely his next destination.
With the USMNT player pool overflowing with center midfielders currently, Edu definitely needs a more stable club situation if he has any chance at representing the Yanks at Brazil 2014.
Predicted Transfer: Trabzonspor
The Turkish giants were rumored to be interested in the American midfielder on Thursday, and I wouldn't doubt this potential move going through.
Edu's transfer value shouldn't be too high, and Trabzonspor did secure a Europa League spot, meaning Edu would still get to play in European competitions. I'd put my money on Maurice going to Turkey.
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Rumors say the Borussia Dortmund product is expected to take the next step in his career and move to a different club this summer. It is the perfect time for Boyd, who is 21, to see a change of scenery and start playing more competitive football as his role in the USMNT simultaneously increases.
Thursday afternoon brought up talk that Boyd is close to a move to Austrian giant Rapid Vienna, which would be a great place for the young kid to get playing time and experience. If one thing is for sure, it is that Boyd is bound for a move away from Dortmund this summer.
Predicted Transfer: Rapid Vienna
All signs point to Boyd going to Austria in order to gain experience and play against stronger competition. Klinsmann is very high on this kid, so I doubt he would be content with Boyd just playing for the Dortmund reserves at this point in his career.
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For whatever reason, we have not seen much of Mix in a USMNT uniform since he first caught the eyes of American fans. Playing in Norway doesn't help his case either, as many Americans who want Diskerud to get called up more don't even have highlights to back their suggestion.
Nevertheless, almost all would agree that moving to a more prestigious league would be a step in the right direction for Mix at this point in his career. Diskerud was apparently attracting interest from the Premier League last winter, but the American midfielder ended up in Belgium with Gent for the remainder of the season on loan with a summer option to buy.
Predicted Transfer: Gent
Stabaek needs the money, Gent could use a young promising midfielder like Diskerud, and Mix needs to advance his career in order to get called into a USMNT camp. It's a move that makes everybody happy.
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If you haven't seen the Deuce rumors by now,you clearly don't follow enough soccer. After putting forth arguably the greatest season ever by an American outfield player with 17 Premier League goals, Dempsey has deservedly earned increased interest by a number of top clubs.
Although Fulham is keen on keeping their leading scorer next season, Dempsey has stated his dreams of playing Champions League football, and since he's 28 years old, this transfer window might just be his last shot at heading to a top club. As July 1st approaches, it is looking more and more likely that Dempsey will indeed be heading to a bigger club this summer.
Predicted Transfer: Arsenal
Although Liverpool is a good candidate, I do believe Dempsey will find his way to the Emirates for next season. As Chelsea continues to bolster its squad with top talents, Wenger needs to bring in proven quality talent soon before all his transfer targets wind up elsewhere. If Wenger is serious about competing for silverware next season, he will bring in the versatile Texan this summer.