The 21-year-old left winger's breakout 2011 season caught the attention of teams in Europe but Shea will likely return to FC Dallas after a training stint at Arsenal.Despite being coveted by a few teams overseas, American winger Brek Shea will likely return to FC Dallas next season, according to his agent.
"Brek is expected back in Dallas," Patrick McCabe told Goal.com. "He had a great training experience with Arsenal and is looking to build on that in the [U.S. national team] January camp."
Shea set Major League Soccer alight with an impressive 11 goals last season, accounting for a third of FC Dallas' offense in 2011. The 21-year-old's breakout season led to a third-placed finish in MVP voting.
Sources who did not want to be identified for this report have suggested that MLS and FC Dallas will want at least $8 million to give Shea permission to speak with other clubs. The price tag, a result of his four-year contract extension earlier this year, has resulted in few clubs making their interest official.
"It will difficult to predict how things may play out with Brek," said McCabe. "He certainly would be very interested in a transfer to Europe if the right situation were to present itself."
It is more likely that the towering winger will move in the summer transfer window.
Another one of McCabe's clients that has been drawing interest is New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream.
The 24-year-old is currently training with English Premier League club Bolton and has drawn rave reviews from West Brom manager Roy Hodgson.
“He has done very well. He has made a good impression on everybody and we think he’s going to be a good player," Hodgson told local media outlets. “We would consider a loan, absolutely."
He added, “Could he play in the Premier League? Yes, I think he could.”
Ream has two years remaining on his MLS deal that pays just over $62,000 a year, making him a bargain for the Red Bulls, who are working with an extremely delicate salary cap situation. Team GM Erick Soler stressed on Tuesday to reporters that keeping Ream is a top priority for the club.
“Tim is going to play for us next year," said Soler according to the New York Post.
McCabe believes that Ream is a valuable player for New York and confirmed Soler's sentiments.
"At this point, I expect Tim to return to RBNY for the 2012 season. RBNY has stated their desire to keep Tim and we will see if any interesting offers come along," said McCabe.
Sources have told Goal.com that Ream is valued at $4 million by the organization.