Report Suggests Rossoneri Interest In Deuce

Redeemed at WC 2010

Clint Dempsey now to Milan?

It’s possible.

300 million pocketbooks in the United States are an added bonus.

Additionally, in a little reported piece of news yesterday, Serie A, revoked the number of foreign players, outside the EU, making the search for and viability of players around Europe more important.

(On the ban above, clubs can trade and borrow player quotas, but it certainly doesn’t help the big clubs….perhaps the ban was not in response the World Cup meltdown by the Italian team, but Jose Mourinho wining the treble with a predominantly non-Italian squad last year).


Other rumors / news:

• Might the Sheffield public (thanks Jeremy) trade one American for another. Out is Frank Simek at Sheffield Wednesday, signed by League One’s Carlisle United to a two-year deal, in may be none other than Jay DeMerit at United. Leeds United is also rumored by a player for the American central backer.

19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by s44 on 2010/07/05 at 9:21 AM

    There’s also the Bob Bradley to Fulham rumor.

    It would be even funnier if this happened and his son went to another EPL team.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/07/05 at 9:24 AM

      I think Bradley to Fulham is all newpaper talk.

      I don’t think–losing the current pride of the England coaching ranks in Hogdson–that Fulham one of the oldest and storied clubs located in London–would risk an American as their next coach.

      If Fulham played poorly (and ticket sales were lost) it would be nightmarish.

      Fulham will be in the Europa next year and looking to add a little bit of talent–I would be surprised as well if BB were a name that could attract more talent. He doesn’t have that stature…at least not yet.


      • How did Fulham qualify for Europa? They didn’t win it last year, and they didn’t qualify high enough in EPL for the honor.

        Did they get in on the Fair Play rule?


        • Posted by s44 on 2010/07/05 at 12:12 PM

          Fair Play, I think. That ends going forward though.

          Fulham doesn’t have huge youth or depth and after a spell of overachieving is bound to come down to earth (even if Liverpool further implodes, the rest of last season’s top 8 look strong). Not the best situation for a newcomer, but who knows?


        • Posted by Colin on 2010/07/06 at 5:13 AM

          I dont think the premier league got the fair play spot…


  2. Posted by Jeremy on 2010/07/05 at 9:48 AM

    Small correction, Simek was at Wednesday, not United.


  3. Another American that rots in Milan’s bench? Don’t feel like Americans are highly prized in Italy, yet.


    • Well, not being highly prized means they sit on the bench for sides like Padova, Torino, and Siena. Sitting on the bench at AC Milan, one of the biggest clubs in Italy is way up from that.

      That said, I’d rather they go somewhere they could play regularly.


    • Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/07/05 at 11:35 AM

      Agree FBM.. As much as I would like to think Demps would get time, I just dont think he will.. Bench warmer along with Gooch..


    • Posted by s44 on 2010/07/05 at 12:00 PM

      If there’s any time to fight your way from the bench, it’s after the wear of a WC year…


      • Except for the fact that Deuce ran his tail off all summer while the Italian players barely showed up to play let alone run enough to tire themselves out.


        • Posted by s44 on 2010/07/05 at 1:54 PM

          I just mean it’s not a bad time (from our perspective) for a spell on bench duty.

          Of course, Deuce pre-rested because of his in-season injury. Somewhat more concerned about burnout for LD and Mike.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 4:55 AM

      If this is true, I suspect his head may be turned by non-footballing reasons, such as money and living in Milan, on top of playing for one of the world’s most prestigous clubs. Can’t blame him for this, I think we’d all do the same…


      • Hey George – does this mean you’re back stateside now? How was it being there for the World Cup?


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 9:39 AM

          Yes, back in NYC. Being in Cape Town was an amazing experience. Although, when the English came to town for the Algeria match, I did cringe at the sight of so many louts in one place… South Africa is a beautiful country.


  4. Posted by Soccernst on 2010/07/05 at 10:35 AM

    Careful now Clint. Beware of snake-oil shirt salesmen.


  5. Fulham are not in Europa League this season. It’s not on their fixtures list and they aren’t listed on the UEFA’s website.

    Milan have also been rumoured to be interested in Honda.

    For Deuce, it could potentially be a great move for him. I’m convinced he’s the sort of player who’s capable of playing up to the level of his team-mates, however high that is. He’s better prepared mentally to deal with the frustration of trying to win a starting spot than most other American players and he has something of an Italian mentality.

    Keep in mind that Milan has come down in the world somewhat, has a rapidly aging squad and should very much be entering a rebuilding phase. The language obstacle is always the main concern in continental moves for English-speaking players.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/06 at 9:40 AM

      Ian Rush & Juventus…


    • Honda is one whose name I expect to see tossed about a lot, he seems to have slid under the radar a bit till now and he’s still young. Milan might be a bit of a big leap though.


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