US Transfer Rumors - ESPNPosted by Tennessee Jed on 12/27/12 at 9:51 am 00
Jozy Altidore to Chelsea (England), Fiorentina (Italy)
Leading the Eredivisie in scoring for much of the season will usually get a player noticed, and Altidore has been no exception.
After a few years of adaptation difficulties in Europe, the Red Bull product is tearing up Holland, one of the top stepping-stone leagues to the highest levels of European football. According to AZ Alkmaar general manager and former USMNT standout Earnie Stewart, Altidore has attracted scouts from the EPL, Serie A and the Bundesliga, with Chelsea and Fiorentina particularly interested in the tanklike forward, either this winter or next summer. With Chelsea struggling up front, a move might just make sense for the player and the club. The American has proved that he can score goals with proper service and chances, two things that he would have in abundance in London.
Omar Gonzalez to Nuremburg (Germany)
Gonzalez went on loan to Nuremberg last winter and promptly suffered an ACL injury that kept him sidelined for six months and nearly ruined the L.A. Galaxy's championship season. Needless to say, he's not going out on loan again this year. But with just a year left on his contract, if MLS and the Galaxy want anything in return for developing one of the region's top young defenders, they'll need to unload him in January or see him sign a pre-contract elsewhere as soon as June. With Gonzalez's form already back to pre-injury levels, expect the rumor mill to kick into full gear as European teams look for midseason reinforcements in January.
Terrence Boyd to Liverpool (England)
The young American has scored 10 goals this semester across competitions for Rapid Vienna, something that Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers, lacking for striking talent, reportedly finds of interest. The move to Anfield could come as soon as early 2013 if those reports are to be believed, although Boyd would have to continue to convince through the rest of the winter to earn what would be the shock transfer of the year for Americans.
Mix Diskerud, MF, Rosenborg (Norway) to Portland (MLS) or Rapid Vienna (Austria)
Diskerud has impressed in a half-season back in Norway with Rosenborg after a loan to Belgian club Gent in the spring. The 22-time Norwegian champs have offered an extension, and the ever-loyal dual national says that's the only place he'll play in Norway. But after Mix spent a half-season on loan in Belgium earlier this year, there's lowland interest as well. Austrian side Rapid Vienna is also reportedly in the race to sign him. Late-breaking news last week revealed MLS side Portland and incoming manager Caleb Porter, who got to know Diskerud during the Americans' failed Olympic qualifying bid, are also in evolved discussions with the up-and-coming American international.
Conor O'Brien to Holland
O'Brien has been one of the U.S.'s under-the-radar talents abroad for a couple of seasons while making his name in Denmark after going undrafted by MLS. But with the secret starting to get out, clubs in nearby Holland are apparently keeping tabs on the American. With the long Danish offseason providing a chance for a Dutch team to pry the attacker from Sonderjyske, now may be the time the 24-year-old New York native finally hits the big time.
Amobi Okugo to Freiburg (Germany)
Of the numerous training stints currently being enjoyed by MLS-based Americans overseas, Okugo to Bundesliga side Freiburg seems among the closest to turning into a serious long-term relationship. This marks the second straight winter Okugo has headed to Freiburg, and there must be at least a little bit of mutual attraction behind the continued flirtation. Okugo is versatile enough to fit in at the Bundesliga level, but he may still be a little too green to contribute in Germany.
Juan Agudelo to Celtic (Scotland)
Agudelo is Latino, which means there may still be a place for him at the revamped Chivas USA operation set to kick off next year. But few players in MLS could benefit from a change in scenery like the Red Bull product, who had an overwhelmingly successful training stint at Celtic following a good showing in the USMNT's friendly in Russia in November. After both sides made comments about their desire to further explore a long-term relationship in Scotland, it wouldn't be strange to see the Old Firm's remaining giant make a bid in the new year.