Messi receives astonishing offer from the MLS
Spanish publication Sport has reported that PSG’s star Lionel Messi has received a unique offer from the MLS in order to lure the Argentine to the USA.
The report suggests that all 29 MLS clubs are looking to fund the wages of the 2022 World Cup Winner to get him into the league.
The major reason behind such an offer is to give MLS a commercial boost before the 2026 World Cup and increase the popularity of the sport with Messi’s arrival.
La Pulga will also be free to join any of the clubs that he intends to if all the 29 outfits join hands to make the transfer a reality.
The 35-year-old’s time at PSG seems to have come to an end after their shambolic exit from the Champions League against Bayern Munich and has been heavily linked to a switch to the USA since then.
Sergino Dest set to return back to Barcelona
USMNT's right back, Sergino Dest, currently on loan at AC Milan from Barcelona looks set to return to the Catalan giants in the summer. The American hasn't impressed in Italy and thus Milan isn't going to trigger the buy option.
No changes on Sergiño Dest situation since December. AC Milan, not planning to trigger buy option clause in June 🇺🇸 #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 27, 2023
USMNT right back will return to Barça and then discuss his future at the end of the season. pic.twitter.com/09cwqCkmhK
Zack Steffen to continue with Middlesbrough after his loan expires
Manchester City loanee Zack Steffen is not willing to return to his parent club from Middlesbrough after the end of his loan, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The American international was the second-choice goalkeeper under Pep Guardiola and rarely started for the Sky Blues owing to Ederson’s presence in the eleven.
And with his loan ending in the summer, Steffen has expressed his desire to stay with the Championship side and has already relayed this information to Man City’s hierarchy.
“I don’t think I’ll go back,” he said. “No, I want to be playing. Although I had a great time at City and I love those guys, and obviously [it’s] an amazing club, I don’t really have any plans to go back.” stated Steffen.
Montreal FC re-signs standout defender
According to 90min, MLS outfit Montreal FC has resigned star center-back Joel Waterman. Waterman joined the American club from Cavalry FC and has since become a formidable part of Montreal’s backline.
“We are very happy to reward Joel with this new contract,” said Olivier Renard, Montreal’s vice president and chief sporting officer.
“Since his arrival with us, he has done nothing but progress. We hope this new deal will help him reach further milestones in his development.”
LAFC looking to sign 21-year-old Polish starlet
LAFC are working on finalizing the signing of Polish youth international, Mateusz Bogusz, from Leeds United.
BREAKING: LAFC are finalizing a deal to sign Poland youth int'l midfielder Mateusz Bogusz from Leeds United, per sources.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) March 24, 2023
Bogusz, 21, was on loan with Ibiza but agreements reached for him to leave early and sign with LAFC now. 18 caps with Poland U21s. pic.twitter.com/iNxY92TbUJ
New York City FC announce Richy Ledezma
Austin announce the signing of Alexandar Radovanovic
Jeong Sang-bin completes move to Minnesota United
Leeds have ‘gentleman’s agreement’ in place to sign McKennie permanently
According to Italian outlet Ilbianconero, Leeds United have a "gentlemen's agreement" with Juventus to sign Weston McKennie on a permanent basis this summer.
The USMNT midfielder arrived at Elland Road on loan in January with a £34.5 million buy-out clause, which is apparently contingent on Leeds' survival in the Premier League and the number of matches he plays for his new club.
Chelsea ready to offer Pulisic in player-plus-cash deal to sign Osimhen
According to CMW, Chelsea have identified Napoli striker Victor Osimhen as the ‘right profile’ ahead of the summer transfer window, and are plotting an intriguing exchange deal.
The Blues are thinking of inserting USMNT international Christian Pulisic as part of their mega-money player-plus-cash deal to bring the Nigerian striker to the Stamford Bridge.
It's not clear whether the Serie A leader would be open to such proposal, however the prospect of Pulisic lining up at the Stadio Armando Maradona is an exciting one, especially if you're a USA soccer fan.
NYCFC sign 15-year-old Jonathan Shore to first Team contract
New York City FC have announced that they have signed 15-year-old midfielder Jonathan “Jonny” Shore to a homegrown-quota contract through 2027 with an option for 2028.
Shore is the eleventh Homegrown to put pen to paper with New York City since the NYCFC Academy was established in 2015.
Shore joined the NYCFC Academy in 2017 he was a 10-year-old, and climbed through the ranks over the years.
Sergio Ramos attracting interest from the MLS
According to SPORT, an MLS side is interested in signing soon-to-be-out-of-contract PSG veteran defender Sergio Ramos at the end of the Ligue 1 campaign.
However, the report also states that Ramos' recent performances could help convince PSG to give him an extension that sees him renew beyond the summer.
Inter Miami still waiting for Busquets to take a decision
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reported that Sergio Busquets and Inter Miami are yet to reach a decision as nothing is agreed upon between the two parties.
The veteran Barcelona midfielder is scheduled to leave the club after decades of service for the Catalan giants.
But with Busquets being offered a contract extension by the Blaugrana until June 2024, the former Spanish international is yet to make a decision whether he wants to continue in Spain or join Inter Miami.
Understand there’s still nothing agreed between Sergio Busquets & Inter Miami at this stage — no decision made 🔵🔴🇪🇸 #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 13, 2023
Barcelona will offer him new deal valid until June 2024 — Busquets will take his time to decide, as Al Nassr have also approached him weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/MeHe0I9PHP
Christian Pulisic receives offer from 3 MLS clubs
According to ESPN, USMNT forward Christian Pulisic is set to leave Chelsea at the end of the summer.
The American international has had a disastrous stay at Stamford Bridge and could leave Chelsea after the arrivals of multiple forwards in the January window.
The report suggests that Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, and three MLS clubs are competing for the forward’s signature.
St. Louis City interested in signing Roberto Firmino in the summer
Roberto Firmino has attracted interest from MLS club, St. Louis City, over a transfer in the summer when he leaves Liverpool.
Sources: St. Louis City SC among clubs interested in signing Brazil int'l Roberto Firmino this summer as a free agent when he leaves Liverpool.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) March 11, 2023
Firmino, 31, has 108g/79a in 300+ apps with Liverpool. Before that? He was at Hoffenheim...with STL sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel pic.twitter.com/h7KUivWZEO
Inter Miami and MLS' chalk up plans to win Lionel Messi race
Lionel Messi's future remains uncertain following PSG's Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich earlier this week. The Argentina captain has yet to agree on a contract extension in Paris and has been linked with a move to MLS outfit Inter Miami, co-owned by Manchester United legend David Beckham.
According to L'Equipe, Inter Miami are aware than Messi's potential blockbuster signing would enhance the MLS brand image, and the American franchise "are using every possible means to convince him".
"He has clearly become the number one priority of Jorge Mas, the main owner of Inter Miami," Jerome Meary, an agent with ties to the MLS, told the French publication.
"The first talks date back to June 2021, before Messi signed for PSG. Since then, talks have resumed and Jorge Mas spent a lot of time with Messi's entourage during the World Cup in Qatar in December."
Meanwhile, MLS head Don Garber previously stated how the American top-flight would need to be “flexible and creative” in order to attract renowned talent to the United States.
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DC United could offer Nottingham Forest outcast O'Brien an escape route
Nottingham Forest star Lewis O’Brien is reportedly in talks with DC United over a move to the MLS after his January deadline day loan move to Blackburn collapsed due to paperwork issue.
The midfielder was left out of the Reds’ 25-man squad in January after falling down the pecking order, and could be offered a route back to regular first team football in the MLS.
Nouhou Tolo extends his contract with Seattle Sounders until 2026
Cameroonian left-back Nouhou has agreed to sign a contract extension with Seattle Sounders until 2026.
The 25-year-old had a standout performance at the recently concluded World Cup in Qatar which led to the MLS outfit offering him an extension.
According to multiple reports from the United States, Nouhou will get a pay rise from the $300,000 that he was paid while signing his previous contract in 2022.
MLS chief eager to bring Lionel Messi to the United States
MLS executive Don Garber has revealed that the league will "compensate Lionel Messi and his family's arrival" to the United States this summer, expressing how eager MLS are for Messi to join them.
The 35-year-old is currently in negotiations with PSG regarding a renewal as his two-year contract is set to expire this summer.
"You're dealing with perhaps the most special player in the history of the game. So when there are rumours of him connected to Miami, that's great," Garber told The Athletic (via Daily Mail).
"And if it could happen, it would be terrific for MLS, it would be terrific for Messi and his family, and like everything with us, we try to run every opportunity down. I can't give any more details than that because we don't have them.
"We're gonna have to structure a deal that's going to compensate him in ways that he and his family expect."
Man Utd & Liverpool set to battle it out for New England Revolution goalkeeper Petrovic
Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly plotting bids for New England Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic this summer. That's according to a report from The Mirror, which claims the 23-year-old has emerged as a top prospect for the Premier League sides, who are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper.
Newcastle United retain Pulisic interest ahead of the summer transfer window
Newcastle United have reportedly set their sights on Chelsea and USMNT winger Christian Pulisic as part of their huge summer rebuild, according to Dean Jones (via Football. London).
While the potential move could offer more game time for the USMNT star, it could also pose a major dilemma for the Blues as they look to make the right decision on which players to keep or sell from their gigantic squad.
Chelsea and Arsenal interested in signing USMNT star Yunus Musah
According to Fabrizio Romano (via Mo Ibrahim), Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly set to battle it out for the signing of Valencia star Yunus Musah in the summer transfer window.
Both London clubs will be in the market for a new central midfielder in the off-season, and have been keeping close tabs on the energetic midfielder ever since his impressive performances at the World Cup for the USA in November. Inter Milan is another club keen on acquiring his services.
🚨#Chelsea currently scouting Valencia player Yunus Musah. Interest has been there for a while but Chelsea are not alone with clubs such as Arsenal also in the frame. @FabrizioRomano first. 🔵#AFC— Ibrαhim (@_Mo_Ibrahim) March 2, 2023
Player to keep an eye on in the summer as he has good chances to leave. #Valencia pic.twitter.com/mvpqfSKMAj
Luke Singh goes out on loan to Atletico Ottawa
Chelsea could insert Pulisic in deal for Leão
According to Calciomercatoweb, Chelsea are considering putting winger and USMNT skipper Christian Pulisic in their bid to sign AC Milan ace Rafael Leão in the summer.
Pulisic's contract expires at the end of next season similar to Leão's. AC Milan have been interested in him for some time, which the report states Chelsea look to exploit. However, the biggest obstacle will be for the two parties to agree on his wages.
Facundo Torres to continue with Orlando City till 2027
As per journalist Fabrizio Romano, Orlando City winger Facundo Torres will sign a contract extension which will see him stay at the club till 2027. It will also include a release clause of $30m.
EXCL: Uruguayan winger Facundo Torres will extend the contract with MLS side Orlando City, agreement in place until 2027 — here Torres with agents Egardo Lasalvia & Gustavo Santorini 🚨🟣🇺🇾 #transfers #MLS— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 28, 2023
➕ Understand there will be release clause worth $30m into new contract. pic.twitter.com/eOT3lTd4Rj
Christian Pulisic will leave Chelsea in the summer
According to Football Insider, Chelsea have decided to sell USMNT winger Christian Pulisic in the summer. The American winger's contract expires in 2024 and the Blues are looking to cash in on him.
The report states that Premier League side Newcastle United still want to sign him after being interested in making a move for the winger in the winter transfer window.
Inter Miami keen on Ángel Di María
According to Fichajes, Inter Miami are looking to sign Juventus winger and World Cup winner Ángel Di María in the summer.
Di María's contract expires in the summer, and a renewal with Juventus isn't looking likely despite his good form. The report states that, the Argentine winger would consider Inter Miami's offer as he still wants to play at a high level.
Kei Kamara joins Chicago Fire from CF Montreal
Major League Soccer legend Kei Kamara, who is the third-highest scorer in MLS history, has signed for Chicago Fire after CF Montreal decided not to activate the option for 2023 in his contract.
Chicago Fire becomes the 10th such MLS team that the former Sierra Leone international will be representing.
✍️ Welcome to #cf97, Kei! 🔥— Chicago Fire FC (@ChicagoFire) February 24, 2023
Two Barcelona legends on Inter Miami's shopping list
Phil Neville confirmed in a statement that Inter Miami are interested in the signing of Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets.
“We want to bring the best players in the world to this football club. Messi and Busquets are the two that stand out more in recent years. They’re great players who would still be a massive benefit to this organisation. For MLS, it would be a game-changer," he told
Leeds hierarchy consider McKennie future
Leeds United have found Jesse Marsch's replacement, having appointed Javi Gracia, an ex-Watford coach, as their new boss. One issue for Leeds is whether recent loan signing USMNT star Weston McKennie will fit into Gracia's plans.
According to TuttoJuve, this development means that the player’s future is now hanging in the balance. McKennie is currently on loan at Leeds until the end of the season, but the English side has the option to retain his services for €33m.
This option will turn into an obligation on two conditions: avoiding relegation and the player making 10 appearances. McKennie will find himself in disarray if the deal is not made permanent, as he is deemed surplus to requirements back at his parent club Juventus.
As such, he should have no shortage of suitors come summer, having put up glowing performances for USMNT at the recent World Cup.
Brazilian defender Calegari set for LA Galaxy move
According to MLS transfer expert Tom Bogert, Los Angeles Galaxy are set to finalize a loan deal for highly-coveted Fluminense defender Lucas Calegari. It's added that Calegari would initially join the Galaxy on loan with an option to make the deal permanent.
The Brazilian defender, 20, has turned out 84 times for top-flight club Fluminense since making his first-team debut for the Rio de Janeiro club in 2020.
Sources: LA Galaxy are finalizing the acquisition of right back Lucas Calegari from Fluminense, pending medical. All details sorted.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 22, 2023
Deal will be a loan with purchase option, which is set around $2 million. https://t.co/KxgdiHPFtb
LA Galaxy announce the signing of Tyler Boyd
LA Galaxy have officially announced the signing of Tyler Boyd from Turkish League giants Besiktas on a one-year deal.
The 28-year-old played 35 matches for Besiktas last season, scoring 4 goals and providing 1 assist in the process.
Man Utd scouting New England Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic
According to reputed journalist Tom Bogert, Manchester United is extensively scouting New England Revolution and Serbia international goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic.
Sources: Manchester United heavily scouting New England Revolution and Serbia int’l goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 19, 2023
No official contact between clubs yet.
Petrovic, 23, quickly recognized among best GKs in MLS. Two caps with Serbia. Finalist for MLS GK of the Year last season. pic.twitter.com/8iNzhi7FSF
LA Galaxy interested in Marcelo
As per journalist Gustavo Guimarães, LA Galaxy are interested in making a move for former Real Madrid fullback Marcelo who recently terminated his contract with Greek side Olympiacos.
Marcelo didn't have the best of times at Olympiacos and struggled to maintain fitness, appearing only 10 times for them. However, LA Galaxy feel he would improve their team and are in talks with the Brazilian, claims Guimarães.
A source close to the LA Galaxy tells me that the club is in negotiations to sign the left back Marcelo.— Gustavo Guimarães (@GdeGustavo83) February 18, 2023
The 34 y/o Brazilian spent four months with Olympiacos where he appeared in 10 games and scored 3 goals. #LAGalaxy #MLS pic.twitter.com/kuQLJ7h8Ot
San Jose Earthquakes starlet Cade Cowell attracting interest from Europe
Newcastle United make USMNT star Antonee Robinson top transfer target
According to Football Insider, Newcastle United are set to rival Mancheter City in the race to sign Fulham and USMNT left-back Antonee Robinson and have made him their top transfer target for the summer transfer window.
The 25-year-old has caught the eye with his performances for both club and country this season, recently impressing with the USMNT at the World Cup.
LA Galaxy in advanced talks for Fluminense full-back Calegari
According to American journalist Tom Bogert, MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy are in advanced negotiations with Fluminense for the signing of 20-year-old right-back Lucas Calegari. The Tricolor had recently rejected an offer from the American club. While there is still no defining agreement, conversations are progressing towards a favourable outcome for both parties.
Sources: LA Galaxy are in advanced talks with Fluminense for right back Lucas Calegari. NetFlu first reported talks. Deal not agreed but talks getting much closer.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 17, 2023
Calegari, 20, would likely be a U22 Initiative signing. Has already made 80 first team appearances for the club. pic.twitter.com/VH2VPkN3U2
Rangers unlikely to sign NYCFC loan star James Sands on permanent-basis
Rangers are now 'highly unlikely' to take up the option-to-buy on highly-rated NYCFC loan star James Sands as he has struggled to leave an impression at Ibrox over the last year-and-a-half.
That's according to the Daily Record, who say Rangers won’t be forking out the £4m fee required to make the James Sands loan deal permanent and the 22-year-old is now 'expected' to return to the USA in the summer.
Atletico Madrid to go for Pulisic in the summer
According to the Daily Mail (via Fichajes), Atletico Madrid are planning to make a move for out of favour Chelsea and USMNT winger Christian Pulisic in the summer.
Pulisic hasn't seen much play time this season due to injuries, inconsistent form, and boss Graham Potter favouring others.
Atletico Madrid are huge admirers of the player and tried to sign him last summer, claims the report, but will again attempt to lure him away from Stamford Bridge.
MLS defender to Barcelona, Here We Go! – Romano
Barcelona's efforts to recruit LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo have come to a conclusion, with the 21-year-old set to join at Spotify Camp Nou soon.
That's according to reputed European football journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims the 21-year-old right-back will travel to Spain on Thursday to complete his medical checks before putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract until the summer of 2026 with the Blaugrana.
Julián Araujo to Barcelona, here we go! Mexican right back will travel tomorrow to Barcelona — deal finally done after crazy Deadline Day saga. 🚨🔵🔴🇲🇽 #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 15, 2023
Araujo will sign a contract until June 2026, deal agreed with LA Galaxy for bit less than €4m total package. It’s done. pic.twitter.com/iA2JhMNRKn
Monaco and Benfica leading the race for Josh Wynder
The 17-year-old Louisville City FC defender is one of the most sought after commodities in the United States. According to reports in Pro Soccer Wire, Benfica, Monaco and Red Bull Salzburg have made offers for the youngster.
A fee of roughly $1.5 million is reported, which would be a record for a USL club. Wynder started 21 games in the USL Championship in 2022 and his performances earned him a nomination for U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year.
The race for Lousville City defender Josh Wynder is heating up, as Benfica, Monaco and Red Bull Salzburg have all made offers for the #USMNT youth international 🇺🇸— Pro Soccer Wire (@prosoccerwire) February 15, 2023
The 17-year-old could make a decision by next week.
✍️ | @KristianRDyer https://t.co/nlADYRVF51
OFFICIAL: Austin FC announce Driussi extension
Austin FC announced a new deal for Sebastián Driussi in an official statement. The new deal will keep him at the club for three (3) guaranteed years through the end of the 2025 season, with an option for another year.
Austin has a new legend. 🌳— Austin FC (@AustinFC) February 14, 2023
Sebastián Driussi Is here to stay. pic.twitter.com/sLfQVLAz08
Jalil Anibaba announces retirement, to be Nashville's club ambassador
Having played professional soccer for 12 seasons with seven different clubs in MLS, veteran defender Jalil Anibaba announced his retirement on Monday.
The 34-year-old will start serving in an off-field capacity right away, joining former club Nashville SC as the side's first-ever club ambassador.
Anibaba made a total of 245 appearances in MLS.
Austin FC closing in on renewing Sebastian Driussi's contract
Austin FC are closing in on a new deal with Argentine star Sebastián Driussi through 2026. ⭐️🇦🇷 #AustinFC #MLS— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 13, 2023
Proposal would make Driussi one of the highest paid players in MLS — as both sides confident deal will get done soon. pic.twitter.com/f9QhehTmlP
OFFICIAL: LAFC sign midfielder Timothy Tillman
LAFC have confirmed the signing of midfielder Timothy Tillman to a contract until 2025, with an option for a further year. Tillman will be added to LAFC’s squad subject to a receipt of International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Tillman, 24, joins LAFC from German Bundesliga 2 side Greuther Fürth, where he has been since 2019, and made 85 competitive outings across all competitions, helping the team secure promotion to the German top-flight in 2021.
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NYCFC in discussions to sign USMNT's Richie Ledezma from PSV
According to MLS and USMNT transfer expert Tom Bogert, New York City FC is in talks to bring in United States international and PSV Eindhoven midfielder Richie Ledezma on loan.
Ledezma, 22, joined PSV from Real Salt Lake in December 2018, but has only made 22 first-team appearances since then, largely due to a damaged ACL in December 2020.
Sources: NYCFC in talks to potentially acquire American No. 10 Richie Ledezma from PSV on loan. Nothing done yet.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 10, 2023
Ledezma, 22, has one cap with the USMNT, a staple with the USYNT before that but injuries have halted his PSV progress. Has made 22 first team apps with the club. pic.twitter.com/KTpX29dD5x
Barcelona will sign MLS star in 2023 either through CAS appeal or summer swoop
According to European football transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona will sign 21-year-old La Galaxy right-back Julian Araujo this year, regardless of the CAS verdict.
The defender can even arrive at Spotify Camp Nou before the season ends if the CAS rules in favour of the Catalans. If not, Barcelona will sign him during the summer transfer window.
Barcelona want to proceed with Julián Araujo deal in any case — waiting for CAS appeal or completing the signing next summer 🔵🔴🇲🇽 #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 10, 2023
Agreement on three year deal with the Mexican RB — also with LA Galaxy after deal signed too late on Deadline Day.
🎥 https://t.co/KqeKsD8R78 pic.twitter.com/1bubtAvCwm
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to snub LAFC, set to stay and fight for his place
MLS outfit Los Angeles FC are interested in taking the former Arsenal striker on loan but it is now being reported by The Telegraph that he has rejected the move in order to fight for his future at Chelsea in the Premier League.
Aubameyang's future is still uncertain after being omitted from the Blues' Champions League squad. The Gabonese international was left out of Chelsea's matchday squad against Fulham last week, which finished in a 0-0 draw.
The 33-year-old was notably missing from all pictures and media that had emerged from the club this week until Friday, but head coach Graham Potter re-instated in his press conference that former Arsenal striker had been training all week.
🗣 "Nothing to report."— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 10, 2023
Graham Potter confirms there is no news on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving Chelsea pic.twitter.com/IjrW6v3hzo
Colombian international Santiago Arias joins FC Cincinnati for free
FC Cincinnati have officially announced the signing of Colombian international right-back Santiago Arias on a free transfer.
The 31-year-old was without a club after he last played for Granada in the 2021-22 season, on loan from Atletico Madrid.
¿Estan listos, Cincinnati?— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) February 9, 2023
Atlanta United announce the signing of Giakoumakis
Atlanta United have officially announced the signing of Celtic striker Giorgos Giakoumakis for a reported fee of €4m, with the Greek forward signing for the club till 2026.
Giakoumakis attracted interest from many clubs and was reportedly close to joining Japanese side Urawa Reds before Atlanta United intervened to hijack the deal last minute.
Ladies and gentlemen... we got him 🇬🇷 pic.twitter.com/WZ2iQfu7NE— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) February 8, 2023
USMNT defender Bryan Reynolds attracting interest from English clubs
USMNT interenational right-back Bryan Reynolds could follow in the footsteps of Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Brenden Aaronson by moving to England to play club football.
Reynolds is currently plying his trade for Westerlo in the Belgium Pro League on loan from Italian club AS Roma, but is attracting interest from England second-tier sides Watford and Swansea.
Any move to England will now have to wait until the summer as the transfer window closed on January 31.
England Championship sides Watford and Swansea City among clubs interested in American right back Bryan Reynolds, I'm told.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 7, 2023
Reynolds is on loan at Westerlo from AS Roma. Westerlo hope to keep him on a permanent deal as well.
Reynolds, 21, has 18 apps for Westerlo this season. pic.twitter.com/byxbo5dtGo
LAFC target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 'prefers Europe' to MLS
European football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided his verdict on the speculation that Chelsea striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way to the MLS in America, with Los Angeles FC reported to be in talks to sign the Gabonese hitman.
It appears to be one of his last options if he wants to leave Chelsea before the summer, when European transfer markets reopen.
However, according to Fabrizio Romano's exclusive CaughtOffside column the Daily Briefing, he would prefer to wait and extend his European journey than leave for America.
Romano said to CaughtOffside: “MLS clubs are interested in Aubameyang but I’m told on the player’s side there’s no green light yet on this kind of solution, he prefers to continue in Europe as of now so nothing advanced at this stage.”
Toronto FC confirms signing of Norwegian international defender Sigurd Rosted
Toronto FC have added a new center-back to their ranks as they prepare for the 2023 Major League Soccer season.
After much speculation, the Reds have announced the signing of Norwegian defender Sigurd Rosted from Danish outfit Brøndby IF using Targeted Allocation Money, signing the former Genk defender on a three-year deal with an option for a fourth.
✅🔴 OFFICIAL: Toronto FC officially sign Sigurd Rosted on a transfer from Brøndby, using TAM.— Total TFC (@Total_TFC) February 7, 2023
📝🇳🇴 The 28 year old Norwegian defender signs a 3 year contract through 2025, with an option year for 2026.
➡️ Reported transfer fee of around $300,000-$500,000.@SRosted | #TFCLive pic.twitter.com/gys3OSAzMs
Isco set for MLS move after snubbing Everton
Isco, 30, is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Sevilla, and he was set to join Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin during the January transfer window.
However, the move collapsed eventually, and the player has been linked with the move to Premier League relegation-battlers Everton. On the other hand, AS had recently claimed that Isco is 'dreaming' of a move to America instead.
Now, according to Estadio Deportivo, the former Real Madrid star is reportedly set to sign for a MLS outfit after snubbing interest from Everton, in what will be the latest marquee addition for the American top-flight. The report doesn't mention which club will land the Spanish international.
Chelsea and Los Angeles FC in talks over Aubameyang
According to Relevo, MLS side Los Angeles FC are in negotiations with Chelsea to sign out-of-favour striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the window closes.
Aubameyang is no longer considered a focal point in Chelsea manager Graham Potter's plans and has been left out of the Champions League squad for the Ro16 as well.
A move to Europe wasn't possible due to him already having been registered for two different teams, but a transfer to the MLS for more game time can still take place.
Sergio Busquets tempted by a move to Inter Miami
Inter Miami are pushing to sign Sergio Busquets on a free transfer at the end of the season as the Spanish midfielder is yet to sign a new contract with Barcelona.
Sergio Busquets will decide on his future for next season, it’s up to him. He deserves to decide whenever he wants,” Xavi stated.
Xavi: “Sergio Busquets will decide on his future for next season, it’s up to him. He deserves to decide whenever he wants”. 🔵🔴 #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 4, 2023
Inter Miami are tempting Busquets for MLS new chapter, while Xavi and Barça still hope for him to stay for one more season. pic.twitter.com/QXSsF0JFcp
Giōrgos Giakoumakīs signs for Atlanta United as Designated Player
Atlanta United have successfully hijacked Urawa Red Diamonds' deal for Greek striker Giōrgos Giakoumakīs, who will leave Celtic for a £4.3 million fee.
The 28-year-old will travel to Mexico with his agent to complete the medicals and will sign a three-year deal with option.
Giōrgos Giakoumakīs to Atlanta United as DP, done deal — striker traveling to Mexico together with his agent Blash Hossein where Atlanta pre season is taking place for medical tests 🇬🇷🇺🇸 #MLS #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 4, 2023
Celtic will receive £4.3m fee, player will sign three year deal with option. pic.twitter.com/33D3S72twI
Julian Araujo's move from LA Galaxy to Barcelona collapses
Barcelona's appeal to FIFA to consider letting LA Galaxy right-back Julian Araujo join them went in vain as the international governing body will not listen to any appeals given the Catalans were 18 seconds late in submitting the paperwork.
However, Barça will keep tracking the Mexican and try to sign the player in the future.
It’s definitely over for Julián Araujo to Barcelona. Agreement collapsed due to documents signed 18 seconds after the Deadline on Tuesday. 🔵🔴🇲🇽 #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 4, 2023
FIFA has not approved the deal and it won’t change with any appeal. Barça will keep following Araujo for the future. pic.twitter.com/lyG0b5aQeS
Taylor Booth on Manchester United's radar
Manchester United are keeping tabs on the progress of FC Utecht's American midfielder Taylor Booth as Erik ten Hag wants to sign the 21-year-old, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The defensive midfielder currently has a contract until 2025 with FC Utecht and Ten Hag's is pleased with his progress.
New York Red Bulls announce the signing of Dante Vanzeir
New York Red Bulls have announced the signing of Dante Vanzeir from Royale Union Saint-Gillois on a four-year contract with the option for an additional year.
A Belgian Golden Boot winner and our newest designated player! 🇧🇪— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) February 3, 2023
We have acquired forward Dante Vanzeir from Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. Welcome, Dante! pic.twitter.com/bciQHB31Lm
FC Cincinnati confirm loan signing of Yerson Mosquera from Wolves
MLS outfit FC Cincinnati have announced the signing of Yerson Mosquera on loan from Wolves until June 30, with an option to extend the loan deal through 2023 MLS season.
The 21-year-old Mosquera signed for Wolves in 2021 and has played most of his football this season in their under-21 setup.
Barcelona director sheds light on Julián Araujo deal
Barcelona director Mateu Alemany (via Fabrizio Romano) stated that a computer error is what caused an 18 second delay in them completing all the formalities to sign LA Galaxy full-back Julián Araujo.
He said that Barcelona and the player will now be waiting on FIFA's decision on whether the transfer can go through and he can play for them this season.
Barça director Alemany confirms the situation for Julián Araujo deal: “We didn't arrive on time due to a computer error — the delay was 18 seconds”. 🚨🔵🔴 #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 1, 2023
“We'll have to wait and see what FIFA decide”. pic.twitter.com/LX25pg0ADr
Chicho Aranga joins Pachuca from LAFC
Manchester City set to make an opening bid for Antonee Robinson
According to reputed journalist Ekrem Konur, Manchester City are set to make an opening bid for Fulham left-back Antonee Robinson following Joao Cancelo's move to Bayern Munich.
Pep Guardiola is short of options at left-back and wants to snap up the 25-year-old American from the Cottagers.
Barcelona in talks to sign LA Galaxy star Julian Araujo
According to a report by Spanish outlet Relevo, as relayed by SPORT, La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly negotiating a deadline-day loan-to-buy deal for 21-year-old Mexican right-back Julian Araujo from LA Galaxy.
The Blaugrana have tabled a bid to sign the 21-year-old right-back on loan with an option to buy from the MLS outfit, and the youngster is pushing to sanction his move to Spotify Camp Nou.
OFFICIAL: Leeds United sign USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie on loan
Weston McKennie becomes the latest American to join the English Premier League. After days of speculation, the USMNT star has officially penned a season-long loan deal with Leeds United from Juventus. According to Fabrizio Romano, the loan fee is in the region of $1.3m but Leeds will have the option to sign him to a $36m deal at the end of the season.
Official, confirmed. Weston McKennie joins Leeds United on loan deal from Juventus for €1.2m fee plus €33m buy option clause and add ons. 🚨⚪️🇺🇸 #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2023
Contract signed, deal completed. pic.twitter.com/E2Byg7HisP
Giakoumakis to Atlanta United back on after Celtic accept last-minute bid
In a dramatic twist on Saturday, Atlanta United look to be back in the race for Celtic striker Giorgios Giakoumakis as they plan to hijack Urawa Red Diamond's deal.
Reports have revealed that the MLS club were still trying to sign the Greece international, despite him passing a medical with Urawa Red Diamonds in The Netherlands yesterday, and have made a late bid for their top target to replace Josef Martinez, who has departed for Inter Miami.
Celtic will accept a revised transfer offer of £3.5 million from Atlanta, including £800k in bonuses. Giakoumakis will be brought in on a DP deal, per journalist Johnny Georgopoulos.
Atlanta United are now trying to hijack Urawa Red Diamonds deal for Giōrgos Giakoumakīs: understand new $4.7m proposal has been accepted by Celtic 🚨🇬🇷🇺🇸 #transfers #MLS— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 28, 2023
Personal terms still under discussion but Atlanta have now DP spot and want to get it done. pic.twitter.com/CWBBaADVFx
Weston McKennie to Leeds gets Fabrizio's seal of approval
The USMNT star, Weston McKennie, is set to finalize his move to Leeds United. Leeds are expected to play €1.2m loan fee with a buy option for €33m plus add ons.
McKennie has already agreed personal terms with Leeds.
Weston McKennie to Leeds, here we go! Understand Leeds will pay €1.2m loan fee — deal will include buy option clause for €33m plus add ons 🚨⚪️🇺🇸 #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 28, 2023
Leeds president Radrizzani unlocked the deal with Juventus in the night.
McKennie has agreed personal terms with Leeds. pic.twitter.com/mY1g6Fuql0
Egyptian centre-back Amro Tarek joins Austin FC
Austin FC have completed the signing of their second centre-back of the off-season in the form of Amro Tarek, the club has announced.
The 30-year-old Egyptian defender, who can also play as a left-back, signed as a free agent for the 2023 season, with an option for 2024.
He already has MLS experience, playing for NY Red Bulls, Columbus Crew and Orlando City SC. He returns to MLS after his contract with Egyptian Premier League side Al Masry expired.
"I’m excited by the opportunity to play for Austin FC and to help the team toward its goal of winning trophies this season," Tarek said in a release (via official MLS website).
Amro Tarek is VERDE. 🌳 pic.twitter.com/92eUwB8Gxs— Austin FC (@AustinFC) January 27, 2023
New York City acquire goalkeeper Matt Freese from Philadelphia Union
New York City have announced the signing of 24-year-old goalkeeper Matt Freese in a trade with Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Union.
Freese was purchased for a guaranteed $350,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). In addition to a potential $400k in conditional GAM, the Union will earn a portion of any future transfer fees.
"We are delighted to have been able to finalize this acquisition and would like to welcome Matt to New York," NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a release (via official MLS website).
Florian Jungwirth announces retirement, to join Vancouver Whitecaps coaching staff
Vancouver Whitecaps centre-back Florian Jungwirth has announced that he'll be retiring from football, with the club announcing that the 34-year-old will become an assistant coach of the first team coaching staff.
The former Germany U20 player spent six years in the MLS, representing San Jose Earthquakes from 2017 to August 2021, and then switching to Vancouver Whitecaps.
2022 Flo: Whitecaps FC defender— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) January 27, 2023
2023 Flo: Whitecaps FC d̶e̶f̶e̶n̶d̶e̶r̶ assistant coach
Florian Jungwirth will be joining the Whitecaps FC first team coaching staff as an assistant coach 🌊
Congratulations Flo in the next chapter of your career 👏#VWFC pic.twitter.com/akYTkgKE5A
West Ham striker Michael Antonio could join MLS in a shock move
According to a report from The Sun, West Ham striker Michael Antonio could be tempted by a move to the MLS before the current transfer window ends.
Antonio hasn't been at his best this season and has fallen further down the pecking order following the signings of Gianluca Scamacca in the summer and Danny Ings this month.
However, with the injury crisis going on at the club at the moment, manager David Moyes is adamant that the 32-year-old is not for sale.
Los Angeles FC announce the signings of a midfielder and a goalkeeper
Los Angeles FC have announced that they have completed the signings of midfielder Daniel Crisostomo and goalkeeper Abraham Romero from Las Vegas Lights.
The duo will play for LAFC in the 2023 season, with an option to extend till 2024-25.
Daniel Crisostomo and Abraham Romero are Black & Gold.— LAFC (@LAFC) January 26, 2023
📝 #LAFC signs midfielder Daniel Crisostomo and Goalkeeper Abraham Romero.
Chelsea not planning to let Gabriel Slonina leave on loan
Chelsea have no intention of letting 18-year-old American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina leave on loan for the rest of the season, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The USMNT keeper made his international debut two days ago in a 2-1 defeat against Serbia, but put in a solid performance. He will stay at Stamford Bridge and keep working with the team.
Understand Chelsea have no plans for Gabriel Slonina to leave on loan until the end of the season. He’s expected to stay & keep working with the team 🚨🔵🇺🇸 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 26, 2023
He became the youngest goalkeeper to debut for USA last night, also with an important save. pic.twitter.com/vqjM4RHUFK
USMNT goalkeeper Sean Johnson set to swap NYCFC for Toronto FC
According to MLSSoccer.com's Tom Bogert, USMNT goalkeeper Sean Johnson is close to signing with Toronto FC. Johnson will join Toronto FC following five seasons with NYCFC, where he captained the club to an MLS Cup victory in 2021. Johnson, 33, was also a member of Gregg Berhalter's World Cup team in 2022.
As long expected: Sean Johnson will join Toronto FC, per sources.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 25, 2023
The sides had been in talks for a while & a deal had long been close for, but final hurdles have been cleared.
Johnson, 33, leaves NYCFC where he's all-time club leader in apps & won 2021 MLS Cup MVP. pic.twitter.com/IHQji4fO7z
John Brooks set for Bundesliga return
According to journalist Florian Plettenberg, Benfica defender John Brooks is close to a move to Hoffenheim with the American defender going through his medicals.
If the move goes through, it will see Brooks return to the Bundesliga after a year away in the Portuguese league with Benfica.
Leeds United make opening bid for Weston McKennie
Leeds have now made an opening bid worth €28m to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie. It is still insufficient for the Serie A heavyweights, who demand €35m for the 24-year-old USMNT international.
Talks between the two parties will continue in the next few days, with the Bianconeri keen on reaching an agreement with the Premier League side.
Negotiations continue between Leeds and Juventus for Weston McKennie as opening bid has been made for €28m, Juventus want €35m fee 🚨⚪️ #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 25, 2023
McKennie has already agreed personal terms with Leeds. pic.twitter.com/Imog3q7rpF
Atlanta United set to sign Celtic forward Giorgios Giakoumakis
Following the departure of longtime club star Josef Martinez last week, Atlanta United looks to be close to announcing the replacement next starting striker.
The Five Stripes could gazump Urawa Red Diamonds, who had looked front-runners to take the 28-year-old striker Giorgos Giakoumakis from Celtic to the J-League.
Giakoumakis has agreed a move to Atlanta, although the Scottish champions have yet to approve the deal.
MLS side Atlanta are in talks to sign Giorgios Giakoumakis from Celtic as Designated Player. 🇬🇷🇺🇸 #transfers— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 24, 2023
Urawa Red Diamonds, leading the race since two weeks but it’s not sealed yet. pic.twitter.com/0vQG117zUX
Colorado Rapids closing in on acquiring Ligue 1 goalkeeper
Colorado Rapids are close to finalizing a deal to sign Austrian international Patrick Pentz from French Ligue 1 outfit Stade de Reims, according to the German magazine Kicker.
Pentz, 26, has spent the majority of his time in the Austrian Bundesliga with Vienna-based FK Austria Wien. The four-time capped Austrian international moved to France last summer and was an early-season starter before losing his place to Diouf Yehvann.
Weston McKennie agrees to shock Leeds United transfer from Juventus
USMNT and Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie has reportedly agreed to a surprise transfer to Premier League side Leeds United, subject to a transfer fee agreement between the two European clubs.
According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus and Leeds are still discussing the transfer deal for the USMNT ace, who has given the geen light to the move to Elland Road.
Leeds United explore Weston McKennie swoop
Leeds United have made contact with Juventus in order to explore the possibility of signing American midfielder Weston McKennie this month.
The Bianconeri are open to selling the midfielder in the ongoing transfer window and are inviting offers for the USMNT international.
Leeds are exploring new options for the midfield including Weston McKennie. It’s one of the possibilities considered by the club as @MatteMoretto has reported ⚪️🇺🇸 #LUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 24, 2023
The list still includes Azzedine Ounahi after opening bid made weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/GyTQZdDnYs
OFFICIAL: Minnesota United signs Swedish defender Marques
Minnesota United have added a new defender to their roster, having announced the signing of Mikael Marques to a three-year contract with a club option for 2026. The Swede will occupy the international roster.
Marques joins Minnesota from AFC Eskilstuna of Superettan, where he appeared in 28 of 30 games this season, earning two assists. He has also played for IFK Malmo and Jonkopings Sodra IF.
Välkommen! 🇸🇪— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) January 23, 2023
The club has signed Swedish defender Mikael Marques to a 3-year contract, with a club option for 2026. The 21-year-old joins #MNUFC from @afceskilstuna of @SuperettanSE. pic.twitter.com/t0L9gp20cG
Chicago Fire’s Jhon Duran officially signs for Aston Villa
It’s signed, sealed, delivered – after just one season with the MLS outfit Chicago Fire, Colombian teenage forward Jhon Duran moves to the Premier League.
Aston Villa are reported to have forked out $22 million for the young attacker, which is an all-time record Fire transfer sale. Duran becomes the second Fire prodigy to move to England this winter, after 18-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina joined Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud hints at a possible move to MLS
AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud, who is close to renewing his contract with the Rossoneri, has hinted at a possible move to the MLS.
“I want to renew with Milan, with the Scudetto win I entered the hearts of the fans. I’m talking with the club, if there’s a chance to finish my career at a high level at Milan I’ll do it. I could choose an exotic destination, I’ve always liked MLS,” Giroud told reporters (h/t 90min).
OFFICIAL: San Jose Earthquakes sign Brazilian goalkeeper Daniel
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today the signing of goalkeeper Daniel from Brazilian outfit Internacional. The 28-year-old, who has spent his entire professional career with Internacional in Brazil's Serie A, will put pen to paper on a contract that runs until 2024 with an option for 2025.
Impressive resume in Brazil.— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) January 21, 2023
A new chapter in San Jose. pic.twitter.com/LIOvN3Wpm3
Southampton offer €8m for USMNT international striker Haji Wright
According to Turkish outlet Ajansspor, Southampton have launched a €8 million bid for USA international striker Haji Wright, who is currently plying his trade for Turkish Super Lig outfit Antalyaspor. The report adds Antalyaspor want €10m for the striker and negotiations are ongoing between the €8-10m range.
Inter Miami complete the signing of Leonardo Campana
D.C. United mutually part ways with Rafael Romo
MLS outfit D.C. United have officially announced that they have mutually agreed to part ways with goalkeeper Rafael Romo.
The Venezuelan goalkeeper joined the club from Belgian side OH Leuven on a one-and-a-half year contract in April 2022.
New York City FC defender Alexander Callens closing in on Girona move
La Liga outfit Girona FC are set to sign New York City FC central defender Alexander Callens. The 30-year-old Peru international was one among Major League Soccer's most in-demand free agents. According to The Athletic, Callens will put pen to paper a two-and-a-half-year contract with Girona.
OFFICIAL: Atlanta United star Josef Martinez heads to Inter Miami
Josef Martinez, the former MLS Golden Boot winner, has signed with Inter Miami on a free transfer after leaving Atlanta United, the clubs announced.
Martinez, 29, has been with Atlanta United since 2017. The Colombian scored 103 goals and 17 assists over 144 combined regular season and playoff outings for the Five Strips.
The 2018 Major League Soccer MVP and the driving force behind Atlanta United's climb to prominence, was released by the club on Wednesday in order to complete his move to Inter Miami.
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Bienvenido @JosefMartinez17✍️🇻🇪— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) January 18, 2023
Former MVP, MLS Cup champion, MLS golden boot winner, U.S. Open Cup winner, and Campeones Cup champion joins our family after six seasons with Atlanta United: https://t.co/35sclFAaZ2 pic.twitter.com/L050LwdYJb
Columbus Crew set to sign Aberdeen and USA forward Christian Ramirez on a 2-year deal
According to MLS and USMNT transfer expert Whitney Harding, Columbus Crew have signed forward Christian Ramirez on an initial two-year-deal from Scottish club Aberdeen for an undisclosed transfer fee.
Ramirez, 31, has impressed in Scotland with Aberdeen, scoring 15 goals across all competitions this season, but looks on his way to Major League Soccer, having previously had stints at Minnesota United, LAFC and the Houston Dynamo.
Sources: The Columbus Crew have completed the signing of American forward Christian Ramirez from Aberdeen.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 17, 2023
Ramirez, 31, had 18g/5a in 50 apps (44 starts) in Scotland. He has two USMNT caps plus 35g/10a in 105 career MLS appearances (76 starts) with Minnesota, LAFC and Houston. pic.twitter.com/vn0Cxk1fvc
Official: Indiana Vassilev joins St. Louis City SC
Aston Villa officially confirmed the sale of striker Indiana Vassilev to St. Louis City SC. Vassilev has played for Inter Miami on loan in the last two seasons and will look to impress in the MLS again this year.
Aston Villa to sign Jhon Durán
As per journalist Fabrizio Romano, Aston Villa are close to signing talented Chicago Fire striker Jhon Durán for $18m (+$4m add-ons).
Personal terms have already been agreed between the two parties, with the Colombian striker set to sign a long-term contract with Aston Villa.
Aston Villa will pay $18m guaranteed fee for Colombian striker Jhon Durán — add ons will be included for max $4m 🟣🔵🇨🇴 #AVFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 16, 2023
Personal terms agreed, long term deal in place — player will complete main part of medical tests in Colombia. pic.twitter.com/61R9ISjV0j
New York Red Bulls re-sign Kyle Duncan on a season-long loan
The New York Red Bulls have re-signed right-sided defender Kyle Duncan on a season-long loan from Belgian outfit KV Oostende with option-to-buy.
After rising through the ranks at Red Bulls academy, the right back joined Oostende in January 2022 on a Bosman transfer, but made seven league outings for the Belgian side before being sent back to the Red Bulls on loan in August.
Josef Martinez set to sign one-year deal with Inter Miami 'in the next few hours'
Josef Martinez, Atlanta United's all-time top scorer, in the club's brief existence, is expected to join Inter Miami as a successor for Gonzalo Higuain.
Martinez, who has been with the team since its inception, will now join David Beckham's side on a one-year contract, as per journalist Cesar Luis Merlo.
The striker has already completed his medical and will reportedly sign a one-year deal in the next few hours, with the options for further years built-in.
🚨[CONFIRMADO] Josef Martínez, ex Atlanta United, es nuevo refuerzo del Inter 🇺🇲.— César Luis Merlo (@CLMerlo) January 14, 2023
*️⃣El venezolano ya superó los exámenes médicos y en las próximas horas firmará por un año con chances de extender por otro.
*️⃣Descartó varias ofertas ya que el club de Miami mostró mucho interés. pic.twitter.com/OqPe4evoIj
CF Montreal sign former Panathinaikos midfielder Ilias Iliadis
CF Montreal have signed midfielder Ilias Iliadis to a two-year contract, the club announced this past Friday.
Iliadis has put pen to paper on a two-year deal that runs through the 2024 MLS season, with Montreal retaining options on 2025 and 2026.
Born in Toronto, the 21-year-old has both Canadian and Greek citizenship. He most recently played with the reserve side of Greek outfit Panathinaikos FC, netting twice in 34 Greece Super League 2 appearances.
Bienvenue Ilias 🇨🇦🇬🇷— CF Montréal (@cfmontreal) January 13, 2023
Le CF Montréal fait l’acquisition du milieu de terrain Ilias Iliadis >>> https://t.co/FGECl3Ik4t
The Club acquires midfielder Ilias Iliadis >>> https://t.co/hs90wSZisC#CFMTL pic.twitter.com/SHugnBNeeK
Houston Dynamo set to sign Moroccan midfielder
According to a report from MLS and USMNT expert Tom Bogert, Houston Dynamo are close to finalizing the signing of Moroccan midfielder Amine Bassi from French Ligue 2 outfit FC Metz.
Bogert adds that the deal would be a permanent transfer and the 25-year-old attacking midfielder would be handed a two-year contract with an option for 2025. Bassi would be signed using Targeted Allocation Money.
Bassi, who turns 25 in November, spent last season on loan with Barnsley in the EFL Championship, making 15 appearances and scoring two goals.
Everton, Fulham & Brighton interseted in USMNT World Cup star
English Premier League sides, Brighton, Everton, and Fulham are reportedly set to battle it out for the services of Lille and United States winger Timothy Weah.
The 22-year-old, son of AC Milan and US soccer legend George Weah, has fallen out of favour at French top-flight club Lille, but impressed for his country at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
French outlet L'Équipe has claimed that Weah’s exploits in Qatar caught the attention of ‘several foreign clubs’. The report adds that Everton, Fulham and Sevilla have been ‘looking seriously at his profile,' although no formal bids have yet been placed.
Weah is under contract at Lille until June 2024. The French club reportedly value the USMNT international at €15 million.
Premier League clubs interested in USMNT forward Haji Wright
According to MLS insider Tom Bogert, USMNT forward Haji Wright, who plays for Turkish outfit Antalyaspor, is on the radar of Premier League clubs.
Brentford, Crystal Palace, and other clubs are reportedly interested in Wright, who is the joint-second highest goalscorer in the Turkish league.
Sources: Brentford make an offer to Antalyaspor for USMNT forward Haji Wright.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 12, 2023
Brentford, Crystal Palace and others are clubs reportedly interested. DHA first reported Brentford interest.
Wright, 24, was with USMNT at the World Cup. Tied for 2nd in Turkish league with 10 goals. pic.twitter.com/ueDN8Urqyl
Juve want Pulisic in exchange for Zakaria
Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb has reported that Juventus are looking to sign out-of-favour Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic in exchange for Denis Zakaria. The Old Lady are prepared to let-go off the midfielder permanently to sign the USMNT forward.
Pulisic has failed to impress at Stamford Bridge but with Vlahovic and Di Maria looking to exit Turin, the American international could get multiple chances to showcase his talent.
OFFICIAL: Red Salt Lake complete the transfer of Carlos Andrés Gómez
Real Salt Lake have officially completed the transfer of Colombian winger Carlos Andre Gomez. The record-signing has joined the club for a fee of $3-4m which is the largest transfer in the club’s history.
The youngster has joined the Claret and Cobalt until 2028 with an option to extend his contract for another year.
Here comes our U22 Initiative Player. pic.twitter.com/At7OBxAo93— Real Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) January 10, 2023
Justin Haak to stay with NYCFC until 2025
New York City FC have reportedly signed 21-year-old midfielder Justin Haak until 2025 with an option to extend until 2026. The homegrown midfielder has turned out to be a regular starter for his club.
And NYCFC are looking to nurture the young talent already present in the academy with the signature of Haak.
Inter Miami hopeful of signing Lionel Messi
Inter Miami coach Phil Neville talked about his club's chances of signing Lionel Messi, stating that he'd be delighted to work with the World Cup-winning captain.
"For us, the landscape’s not changed at all," Neville stated in an exclusive interview with MLS when asked about the chances of signing the 35-year-old.
"With any deal for any Designated Player of the level you’re talking about is complicated, it takes time.
"Rest assured we’re working every second of every day to bring in the best players, and I think he’s one of the best.“
Mateusz Klich completes move to D.C. United
According to MLS insider, D.C. United have reportedly completed the signing of Polish international Mateusz Klich from Leeds United.
The 32-year-old midfielder arrived in US this week to finalise his move as a Designated Player.
Sources: D.C. United have completed the signing of Poland international midfielder Mateusz Klich from Leeds United. Klich will be a Designated Player.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 9, 2023
Klich, 32, arrived in D.C. this week to finalize the move. He made 195 appearances with Leeds, where he was a fan favorite. pic.twitter.com/juo3jIfNw2
OFFICIAL: Orlando City complete Martín Ojeda signing
Orlando City have officially announced that they have completed the signing of Argentina midfielder Martín Ojeda as Designated Player. The 24-year-old leaves Argentine outfit Godoy Cruz, for whom he scored 32 goals in 97 appearances across two-and-a-half seasons.
Ojeda has signed a three-year Designated Player contract with the option to further extend by two years.
Romeo Beckham joins Brentford FC reserve team on loan from Inter Miami II
Romeo, the 20-year-old son of England legend David Beckham, has joined Premier League outfit Brentford FC's reserve team on loan from Inter Miami II until the end of the season.
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Romeo Beckham pictured with his No. 1 fan after signing for Brentford ❤️— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 6, 2023
(📸: romeobeckham/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/PTPpviKmgn
Anthony Hudson appointed USMNT's interim head coach
Anthony Hudson, who was the assistant manager of the USMNT, has been promoted to become the interim head coach following domestic violence and blackmail allegations against head coach Gregg Berhalter, whose future is now in doubt.
It seems like Hudson won't remain at the helm on a permanent basis and his appointment is merely a means of minimizing disturbance surrounding the team.
Klich to join DC United
Polish international, Mateusz Klich, has left Leeds United to sign with MLS side DC United, both club and player confirmed.
The player has full agreement with the club and the documents are expected to be announced soon.
Mateusz Klich leaves Leeds United, it’s official — MLS side DC United have full agreement to sign Polish midfielder on permanent deal. ⚪️🇺🇸🇵🇱 #MLS— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 5, 2023
Documents will be signed soon as both club and player side confirmed they will part ways. #LUFC pic.twitter.com/w3PGLCsgBg
Navarro commits long-term future to Fire
The Chicago Fire have re-signed midfielder Federico Navarro to a new contract that runs through the 2027 season, with an option for 2028, the club announced.
The 22-year-old Argentina native will continue to occupy an U22 initiative slot and international roster position.
Leeds United in the running for Union's Kai Wagner
Bedoya signs one-year extension with Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia captain Alejandro Bedoya has signed a one-year extension that will keep him at the Union through the end of the 2023 season, the club announced.
The former USMNT midfielder, who's had previous club stints in Sweden, Scotland and France, was set to enter free agency at the end of the current MLS campaign.
Ismael Kone remains on Sheffield United's radar for January
Despite reports alluding to a deadline day move, Sheffield United ultimately didn't agree a deal for CF Montreal's Ismael Kone.
However, according to Andy Giddings, Paul Heckingbottom has claimed the 20-year-old remains on his wishlist for the January transfer window.
Ricardo Pepi nearing move to Groningen
LAFC loan Fall to Villarreal
LAFC have loaned defender Mamadou Fall to Villarreal, the club announced.
The defender will be on loan through June 2023, although LAFC have a chance to recall the Senegalese teenager, who has made 35 regular season appearances for the club.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Mamadou, and one that we felt was right at this stage of his career,” LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington said. “He is an incredible prospect with great potential who now has the chance to develop further at a top European club. We will be monitoring his progress closely and wish him all the best with Villareal.”
Nyeman bound for Belgium.
D.C. United are set to sell homegrown star Moses Nyeman to SK Beveren in the Belgian second division, according to the Athletic.
D.C. will get around $350,000 up front in the deal with a sell-on fee.
Rodriguez set for Liga MX
LAFC have sold Brian Rodriguez to Club America, the club announced.
The Uruguayan international scored eight goals and provided 12 assists in 55 appearances.
“Brian has been an important contributor to our success since his arrival in 2019,” said LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington. “He is an exciting player who is capable of special things, which we witnessed many times. We wish him all the best in this opportunity with Club America.”
Mihailovic set for Europe
CF Montreal attacking midfielder Djordje Mihailovic is set for a $6 million (£5m / €5.9m) move to Dutch club PSV.
🚨🚨 Selon les infos du @kanfootballclub Djordje Mihailovic🇺🇲 se rapproche fortement de l'Europe !— Syd Fw (@_sydfw) August 20, 2022
Le milieu estimé à 6M$ a été ciblé par AZ Alkmaar🇳🇱 sous réserve de la visite médicale!
Le #CFMTL veut conserver le joueur en prêt jusqu'à la fin de saison.
💰🛫 #eredivise #mls pic.twitter.com/amiZ0y55Cf
Pulisic set to snub Man Utd in bid for UCL football
Chelsea star Christian Pulisic is set to snub offers from Manchester United in a bid to secure himself Champions League football next season. The American would prefer to stay at Chelsea, but if that is not possible aims to sign for a side competing in the Champions League.
United had offered to take the winger on loan, but the Blues preference is to sell. United pursuit cooled as they secured the services of Casemiro and now they are looking at other targets, Cody Gakpo and Antony.
Pellegrini signs with NYCFC
NYCFC have claimed Mattias Pellegrini off waivers, the club confirmed.
Pellegrini had been with Inter Miami, who were forced to part ways with the young Argentinian after violating roster rules in their inaugural season.
The attacker has since been on loan with Estudiantes in his home country.
Former Juve defender headed to Galaxy
Martin Caceres has reached an agreement to join the LA Galaxy, reports Sport890.
The former Juventus defender will make the move to MLS in the coming hours.
The Uruguay defender, who has 114 caps, most recently played for Levante.
Man Utd in final Dest talks with Barcelona (Sport)
Manchester United and Barcelona are in the final stages of negotiations over a deal for Sergino Dest.
Sport says the USMNT star could make a move to Old Trafford in a deal worth €20 million.
NYRB turn down Morgan offers
New York Red Bulls have turned down two offers for Lewis Morgan.
According to 90min, Championship sides are after the Scottish forward.
Leeds tracking Vazquez
Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez another forward being tracked, but told unlikely Leeds will move this summer. 15 MLS goals this season and USMNT cap very possible soon. Marsch a fan but he's a long- not short-term option (and solution).— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) August 14, 2022
No bids for Leeds target Wagner
Still no official bid from Leeds United (or anyone else) for Philadelphia Union and MLS All-Star left back Kai Wagner, per sources. Plenty of time for that to change before the transfer window closes, but just interest for now.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) August 12, 2022
Valencia make Weah offer
Valencia are working on the signing of Timothy Weah from Lille, L'Equipe says.
The Spanish side have made an offer to sign him on loan with an option to buy.
Busquets wants MLS move
Sergio Busquets plans on leaving Barcelona to join a team in MLS next year, according to Matteo Moretto.
Barca hope to extend the player's contract but he would rather depart Camp Nou.
European clubs after Moutinho
Brooks headed to Saudi Arabia
John Brooks is set to sign with Saudi Arabian side Al Nar, reports Essex Live.
Brooks' new contract will expire in January 2025, with the defender set for a medical Friday before officially signing on.
Brooks left Wolfsburg after the conclusion of the Bundesliga season and now faces an uphill battle to play his way into Gregg Berhalter's plans ahead of the World Cup.
USMNT striker Hoppe completes transfer to Middlesbrough
U.S. men's national team striker Matthew Hoppe has completed his move to Middlesbrough, the club announced.
The striker joins from Mallorca as he looks to make a late push for a spot in the USMNT squad at the 2022 World Cup.
Andrelecht eyeing Jones
Dug a little deeper & can confirm #NERevs LB DeJuan Jones is among the list of targets being considered by Anderlecht as a replacement for Sergio Gomez— Chris Smith (@Chris_SXI) August 9, 2022
Negotiations still in the very early stages, but Jones is keen on the move to boost #USMNT chanceshttps://t.co/16mse272XP
NYCFC starlet headed to Italy
NYCFC academy starlet Diego Rossi is in negotiations with Parma, reports Se Llama Soccer.
The 17-year-old fullback had previously participated in trials with Parma and Bayer Leverkusen.
Rossi has played for the U.S. U-19s and is also eligible for Puerto Rico and Italy.
Revs paying Lletget salary after FC Dallas trade
San Jose Earthquakes sign Rodrigues on Loan
San Jose Earthquakes have confirmed the signing of full-back Rodrigues on a 12 month loan from Gremio.