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Does Nainggolan loan mean Michael Bradley could skip Roma for White Hart Lane?

Jan 8, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT

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Michael Bradley is going to Fulham. Michael Bradley isn’t going anywhere. Michael Bradley could fit at White Hart Lane (The Internet is trying to rumor Steve Davis to death).

It was precious few days ago that amongst others were confirming that Bradley was staying put at AS Roma during the transfer window, and why wouldn’t he? Despite Roma’s cluttered midfield, he was seeing playing time and rather effective in those limited minutes.

Then Roma completed a loan deal for Belgian beast Radja Nainggolan.

Say it with me: What…. the… heck?!?

It’s not just a loan deal, rather a loan-to-buy deal that seems a decent fit for Roma. Nainggolan has already shown he’s fine for the Serie A style, and he isn’t departing Sardinia on a whim. He arrives from Cagliari a lover of the island he’s leaving and his 3 million Euro cost would balloon to nine million if he stays full-time.

Now this isn’t assuming there’s a direct correlation between Nainggolan and Bradley, but it certainly isn’t difficult to imagine (or at least causation).

Enter Spurs, and it’s just a rumor of course, but their technical director is said to be largely responsible for bringing Bradley to Rome in 2012. He arrived in London this summer and so did Roma’s Erik Lamela (though the results have certainly been poor).

It doesn’t have to be Spurs, but Roma now has an even deeper core — arguably one of the deepest in the world — of midfielders. If Bradley is truly “surplus to requirements,” wouldn’t he prefer to say goodbye to i Lupi?

  1. Scott Ludwig - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Michael Bradley to Fulham: I like this move (as a FFC supporter & for Bradley benefit). Bradley to Tottenham? Yuck!

    Why media feel a need to chirp in on players from around the world just because they are American is odd to me. Cover your own league…

    • supercoop8 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Its really not odd at all, they are paid to cover the sport from an american perspective for the entire calender year not just the MLS season. What an odd complaint to be made on another american website.

      • Scott Ludwig - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        My point on MLS media coverage of Americans playing in other leagues: I look at the Premier League or Bundesliga websites and do not see their media covering domestic players who play in other leagues around the world. MLS media does not = U.S. Soccer media

      • danielofthedale - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Scott I don’t really care how other leagues run their website. I am glad MLS covers things relevent to all things soccer. What’s wrong with covering Americans abroad?

    • wwsiralexd - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Go ask those Brazilian wax “artists.”

      There’s more than one way to skin a cat. You don’t have to do exactly what other people do.

  2. danielofthedale - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    The only reason Mikey should leave Roma is if he goes to place that he knows he will get starting time at a place that is not a bad team. I would not go to Fulham because it seems like a bad situation on a sinking ship.

    • wwsiralexd - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      I would think playing at Fulham would perfectly prepare Bradley for the WC. Better opponent every week.

  3. seanb20124 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    People are reporting TFC. Just can’t see it

  4. lyleoross - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Common sense would tell us that MB will not go to Fulham. They are looking relegation in the face, and while they may escape, no player with MB’s skill is going to go there by choice, or without a lot of dough. Weird things do happen, but this would be weirder than most.

    Tottenham seems a better possibility. Their commitment to two strikers, neither who seem prone to come back and defend, has left them weak in the mid-field. They paid for that against a depleted Arsenal. A player with MB’s skill and ability to cover the middle and deliver the ball to forwards could change Tottenham from a shaky team to a threatening one. This move would be a sweet one. Of course, I’ll believe it when I see it. Oh, the notion that Fulham would prepare MB for the WC seems weak to me. He would be better pushed and prepared at Tottenham.

    BTW – The reason NBC covers American players abroad is because they know their market. Duh. Acknowledging that American fans might be different, not better, or better informed, is something that benefits ProSoccer. Yep, we tend to be a bit self obsessed, but no more so than any other country is. The truth is that while MLS has become credible, the parts are still more valuable, and interesting, than the whole. When the whole is better, then it is much more likely that US media will cover MLS rather than those parts overseas. It doesn’t take a lot of savvy to figure that out.

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