8
Jan

#DempseyWatch Turns Into #BradleyWatch

By Kyle McCarthy

Former United States men’s international Taylor Twellman sparked hysteria on Twitter this afternoon with a brief, incredible dispatch about the future of Michael Bradley:

This move carries most of the hallmarks of Clint Dempsey’s stunning move to Seattle last summer with one catch: Bradley, 26, is in the prime of his career.

The thought of Bradley — perhaps the best player in a USA shirt at the moment — exchanging Serie A for MLS at this stage raises a whole host of questions. Most of them permeated through the Internet in the ensuing minutes as people tried to process why Bradley might spurn the chance to fight for his place at Roma or stay in Europe with another club.

Perhaps the most interesting dispatch came from Philadelphia Union defender Amobi Okugo: 

Whether TFC and Bradley eventually complete the move remains uncertain at this point. One thing is clear about the present, though: #BradleyWatch has started in earnest.

16
Dec

Fulham set sights on former club star Clint Dempsey

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With the winter transfer window just around the corner, clubs entrenched in relegation dogfights enter the market with wallets full of cash in a desperate attempt to snag the player needed to remain in top-flight football.

Case in point, Monday’s main rumbling comes straight from Craven Cottage as Premier League strugglers Fulham are reportedly setting their eye on a January loan move for Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey. The current United States captain, who played for the Cottagers from 2007-12, signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Major League Soccer club that allows him to leave on loan in the winter to prepare for next summer’s World Cup.

With Fulham currently sitting 19th in the Premier League table, a move for the 30-year-old would be a welcomed addition for newly-appointed manager René Meulensteen who is keen to beef up Fulham’s gun-shy attack.

To read this and the day’s top rumors, visit Monday’s Paper Chase on FOXSoccer.com.

29
Jan

AC Milan confirms transfer deal for Mario Balotelli

Call it the end of era.

AC Milan confirmed a transfer deal for Manchester City’s mercurial striker Mario Balotelli. The 22-year-old will reportedly undergo a medical on Wednesday to finalize his move back to Serie A before signing his contract.

The move back to Serie A ends Balotelli’s turbulent tenure with the defending Premier League giants that has seen the Italian star dominate headlines for on and off-the field incidents with players, managers, teammates and fans.

Milan’s director Umberto Gandini confirmed the deal on Twitter explaining, “Transfer agreement for Balotelli signed with Manchester City. Medicals tomorrow in Milan, then personal terms until 2017 signing.”

Read more on Balotelli’s exit from Etihad Stadium here.