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Today’s Yedlin-to-Europe transfer talk: firm offers from 3 UCL clubs

Jul 9, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

DeAndre Yedlin AP

Some criticized Jurgen Klinsmann’s choice to bring DeAndre Yedlin to Brazil as part of his 23-man World Cup roster. Heck, some thought putting him in the 30-man preliminary wasn’t a grand idea.

But the 21-year-old wide man’s electric performance during the United States run to the quarterfinals has opened the eyes of the top clubs in Europe, with the following names dropped during a Sky Sports report Wednesday as UEFA Champions League clubs that have made a ‘firm offer’ for his services:

Roma

Napoli

Anderlecht

Those big names are joined by interest “from every top league in Europe”, according to the report:

A spokesman for James Grant Group, who represent the player, confirmed to Sky Sports that talks were ongoing over his future.

“DeAndre is now back in America following the World Cup, and yes talks are ongoing over his future as there are a number of options for him – but as yet nothing is decided,” said the spokesman.

The player himself said on his arrival back in the USA that he was leaving the situation with his agents.

“I’m kind of letting my representatives handle that right now,” Yedlin said.

“They’ll obviously get back to me on that information but for right now I’m just focused on Seattle.”

Seattle coach Sigi Smid added: “How many 21-year-old right backs have three World Cup games under their belt? That’s a very exclusive market. It’s something that we are proud of.”

To say Yedlin’s star is on the rise is like saying Keurigs have become popular with regular coffee drinkers. The Seattle back’s future is looking brighter than ever.

Where’s the best fit? Frankly, I’d love to see Yedlin competing for time at Napoli or Roma, but what’s more important: being a part of a massive club or making a bigger dent at a club like Anderlecht, one where Sacha Kljestan has succeeded? Belgium’s UEFA coefficient is 30 points lower than Italy, and Serie A training could elevate Yedlin as it did Michael Bradley between Chievo and Roma.

  1. heelfans - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Yedlin would be better off in Serie A for the long term. It will be harder to work his way into the starting 11 but better competition for his long term development. We’ve seen that scoring in the Dutch league doesn’t guarantee success in the EPL nor will play in the Belgian league.(Even though he would probably get to play in Europa or in the ECL.

  2. midtec2005 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I’m just glad the EPL hasn’t been mentioned. Promising players go there to die.

    Tell me again how the English team did in the world cup.

    • bostonredsoccer - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Probably not enough caps to get a work permit, anyway, right?

  3. granadafan - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Klinsmann was right about Yedlin, but still wrong about Donavan.

    • kellybeck15 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Let it go. I’m here to tell you, an aging Landon Donovan coming off the bench a few times isn’t better for American soccer than Julain Green scoring in extra time in the knockout round.

  4. amartinez99 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    One thing that fails to get mentioned (and a pro for the Serie A checklist), Italy is notoriously defense-oriented. Yedlin’s biggest weakness is his defense, particularly 1v1 and tracking back. So, getting that kind of training week-in and week-out will probably be more beneficial than a league or club that may be willing to overlook his weaknesses.

  5. mikeevergreen - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Italy. Get an all-around game, lad.

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