Transfer Rumors

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Freddy Adu | Philadelphia Union

Age: 22

Position: Midfielder

Current Club: Philadelphia Union
Freddy Adu expressed his desire to return to Europe to play in a top-five league in a recent interview and, according to sources in the Union, his wish might come true.

The sources told's Alex Labidou there is a possibility that the Adu could join Rayo Vallecano on a short-term loan. The 22-year-old midfielder has been training with the La Liga side.

However, Adu's agent Richard Motzkin denies that Rayo has expressed an interest to loan his client, telling, "Not accurate."

-UPDATED 1/12 6:57 p.m. ET

Possible Destinations:
Rayo Vallecano, Philadelphia Union

Didier Drogba | Chelsea

Age: 33

Position: Striker

Current Club: Chelsea
Drogba's contract at Stamford Bridge ends at the end of this season and the striker has been linked to a move to MLS for quite some time now.

But Drogba's price tag may be too high for the Galaxy, especially since Beckham returned on a two-year deal.

It has been reported that Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua has now shifted its focus to Drogba after signing Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka to a deal worth over an estimated $12 million per year.

There is also always the chance he could extend his stay at Chelsea, according to coach Andre Villas-Boas.

-UPDATED 12/13 11:01 a.m. ET

Possible Destinations:
LA Galaxy, Shanghai Shenhua, Chelsea

Michael Ballack | Bayer Leverkusen

Age: 35

Position: Midfielder

Current Club: Bayer Leverkusen
The Bayer Leverkusen's midfielder's contract ends in June and his agent, Michael Becker, has confirmed to that the 35-year-old is open to the possibility of playing in MLS.

Ballack has already had inquiries from Asia and the Middle East. And teams from England have also showed interest, but his representative hinted Ballack would not likely return to Premier League.

Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser has called for a tribute for the former Germany captain when he leaves the team.

-UPDATED 12/11 10:50 p.m. ET

Possible Destinations:
NY Red Bulls, Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy, Asia, Middle East

Clint Dempsey | Fulham

Age: 28

Position: Midfielder

Current Club: Fulham
Dempsey told that Arsenal was interested in signing him at the end of the summer window, but the club decided to go in a different direction.

With Fulham struggling this season, Dempsey could finally be on his way out. Sources have told that he would like to play with a Champions League team.

In what would come as a major surprise, Dempsey could also consider a move back to MLS within the next two years.

-UPDATED 12/7 1:28 p.m. ET

Possible Destinations:
Liverpool, Sunderland

Brek Shea | FC Dallas

Age: 21

Position: Midfielder

Current Club: FC Dallas
Brek Shea spent time training with Arsenal over Major League Soccer's winter break, but that's about the closest he will get to playing on Arsene Wenger's side anytime soon. Wenger is very close to U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and brought Shea in as a favor to his former player.

However, Shea will receive interest from several European squads as he has become America's hottest young star. The only thing holding him back is a four-year contract he signed with FC Dallas last May, and a high transfer fee the league would demand.

While Shea says he could see himself playing in Europe, his agent, Patrick McCabe, told that the U.S. international will be back in Dallas next season.

-UPDATED 12/20 11:14 a.m. ET

Possible Destinations:
FC Dallas, England, Germany, Holland

Ronaldinho | Flamengo

Age: 31

Position: Forward

Current Club: Flamengo
It appears as though Ronaldinho's time with Flamengo has come to an end, and the LA Galaxy would love to add him to their roster, especially if Beckham takes a walk.

PSG and some clubs in Greece have also been linked to the Brazilian player.

-UPDATED 12/5 2:27 p.m. ET

Possible Destinations:
LA Galaxy, PSG, Greece

Rafa Marquez | NY Red Bulls

Age: 32

Position: Center back

Current Club: NY Red Bulls
After a rough season with the New York Red Bulls that saw Rafa Marquez rip his teammates and get suspended for throwing a punch in the playoffs, the defender's time in MLS could be over.

While there is sure to be worldwide interest for the aging former star, one possible destination is Brazil. A Brazilian news outlet is reporting that Flamengo is currently negotiating a deal to bring Marquez to South America.

-UPDATED 12/14 1:00 p.m. ET

Possible Destinations:
Flamengo, NY Red Bulls