MLS Rumors Roundup: Tomas Rosicky to MLS, Obafemi Martins to Turkey and More
Rafael Baca and Michael Farfan finally made their permanent move from MLS to Cruz Azul, but what about the other MLS rumors that are yet to come to fruition?
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is in search of a new deal with the North London club, but hinted a move to MLS would be a desirable one if it's not offered. The Philadelphia Union have pinpointed their target in Argentina.
Then, there's Obafemi Martins.
The Seattle Sounders forward set off rampant speculation with a simple visit to Turkey this week.
Read on for all the details.
Rumor Has It: Obafemi Martins Is in Turkey
Obafemi Martins broke Twitter. No, not literally.
The Nigerian made news toward the end of his first season with the Sounders after an interview with Italian outlet CalcioMercato. In the interview, Martins expressed his disappointment in the United States and desire to return to Europe.
Below are translated quotes:
Seattle are all nice to me, especially the fans. I do not ever miss their support, but I'm only 29 years old. Here, I feel a bit out of the loop. I would like to go back to Europe. I would like to play in Turkey to try to win a place in the list of 23 of Nigeria for the World Cup, so I asked my agent Tekin Birinci to evaluate all proposals. I miss playing in the Champions League. I would like to wear the shirt of Galatasaray and return to work with Mancini. I already had in my with Inter.
Martins provided the fuel for the fire last November. Twitter provided the match to set it off.
Two photographs have surfaced in recent days. Both include Martins with Koray Deniz—a Turkish transfer committee chairman. If you need further translation, Istanbul is simply stated as his location on his Twitter profile.
But what of this transfer rumor?
According to one Turkish website, a transfer "is not likely to happen." An interview with Riza Calimbay has temporarily distinguished the firestorm set off just a few days prior. The current coach of Rizespor—the same Turkish club Freddy Adu called home in 2011—has debunked any possibility of Martins receiving his wish.
For now, Martins to Turkey is more rumor than reality.
Rumor Has It: The Philadelphia Union Have Their Eyes on Pablo Perez
beIN Sport announcer Phil Schoen tipped the rumor on Twitter. The Philadelphia Union have their sights set on Newell's Old Boys midfielder Pablo Perez.
But are the desires of a move mutual?
On Monday, Argentinian outlet La Capital stated that’s not the case.
According to the report, the Union are in search of a loan spell for Perez. But the 28-year-old isn't convinced that emigrating to MLS is in his best interests. The report also added that MLS made further inquiries on the services of Perez’s teammate Martin Tonso.
Unfortunately, the Union will have to consider broadening their search.
One too many preliminaries are being produced to elevate this rumor to reality.
Rumor Has It: Tomas Rosicky Would Embrace a Move to MLS
Make no mistake. Tomas Rosicky wants to retire a Gunner.
But that desire rests in the hands of the most frugal operators in the Premier League.
Rosicky was riddled with injuries in 2012, but has since returned to regular playing time in 2013. The 33-year-old has made 10 Premier League appearances this season and 17 across all competitions. Entering the final year of his contract, he is in search of one final deal with Arsenal.
According to English outlet The Independent, Rosicky is enamored with the North London club.
But he's ready to embark on a new challenge if need be:
I would like to carry on [at Arsenal] but there are a few question marks. I would say within a few weeks we will know more...If the day comes and I leave Arsenal, then I will be surely considering a move to play on a different continent...I would be tempted to play in the USA. Football has been on the rise there and I'm interested in trying a different style of life.
Rosicky added a caveat to his comments, however. A "different style of life" doesn't rule out "a return Sparta Prague" The Czech Republic club served as the launching point for his professional career in 1998. Borussia Dortmund would whisk him away in 2001 before landing in Arsenal in 2006.
Is MLS his next logical step?
Surely, this isn't the first time a 30-plus-year-old European player has been linked with a potential move stateside. Frank Lampard rumors ran rampant before he ultimately inked his extension with Chelsea. German striker Miroslav Klose has been linked with the Los Angeles Galaxy in recent months.
But those two never verbally acknowledged a true desire to play in MLS...Rosicky has.
That could be the one difference that ultimately transforms this rumor to reality.
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