Apart from the Robin van Persie saga, the Clint Dempsey dilemma might be the most-talked-about EPL transfer story so far this offseason. Every single week there seems to be a new twist to the story, as the Fulham star looks destined for a club upgrade in the next couple of weeks.
A move to Anfield makes the most sense for Clint Dempsey, and here’s why.
First off, it is evident that Dempsey is indeed a late bloomer and just entered his prime last season at the age of 28. That being said, he needs to be able to get maximum first-team action these next couple of years if a team wants to get the most for their money.
Of all the potential teams interested, Liverpool is maybe the one club that would be an upgrade from Fulham, but could still allow him to compete every weekend and make significant contributions. Arsenal already have a plethora of attackers, and considering how much Wenger likes to develop his young players, might give the nod to Ryo Miyaichi or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in games where Dempsey could be playing.
Also, changing leagues always results in a little adjusting time for any player, and that adjusting time could keep Dempsey out of the first XI for a little bit and create an unnecessary road bump in his prime.
Where will Dempsey end up next season?
Although Dempsey has stated his desire to play Champions League Football and Liverpool failed to qualify for the 2012-13 campaign, recent aggression in the transfer market hints that the Reds could be back battling for a top-four spot in the next couple of years.
Fabio Borini became the first signing for Brendan Rodgers a couple days ago and now Daniel Sturridge is heavily linked with the club. Add that to the fact that Carroll finished the season on a strong note and Suarez will be looking for redemption and you have a team that will could legitimately make Dempsey’s UCL dreams come true.
Finally, Liverpool already has one of the biggest fanbases in the United States, but the signing of the USMNT’s star player right before the club goes on their American tour would be absolutely fantastic for the expansion of their brand.
Liverpool Dempsey jerseys would sell like hotcakes. This type of signing, arguably the biggest in U.S. soccer history, would result in hours of coverage that would be incredibly beneficial for the club and its popularity.
So who doesn’t win if this deal goes down?
Dempsey gets what he wants in significant playing time and a potential chance for UCL football down the road. Liverpool get what they want in a proven goal-scorer who can immediately contribute and massive publicity in the United States.
Fulham get their deserved cash and finally get this transfer saga over with. It’s a win-win-win situation. It’s only a matter of time before we see Dempsey call Anfield his home.