Goal.com is working the phones and has the latest on all the transfer rumors around U.S. international stars, including Dempsey, Bocanegra, Altidore and Shea.The transfer window for most of Europe's major soccer leagues ends on Aug. 31, and there are a few United States internationals whose futures are still undecided.
Goal.com will be working the phones up to the transfer deadline. Here is the latest news:
Position: Forward/attacking midfielder
Current club: Fulham FC
Possible destinations: Liverpool, Arsenal, Serie A
Dempsey's request to leave Fulham this summer has become one of the most prolonged transfer sagas of the window.
Liverpool has been forthright in its interest in the American attacker, but the club is unwilling to meet Fulham's 10 million pound asking price. Fulham's head coach Martin Jol continues to state that there have been no official inquires or bids for Dempsey, but, according to Goal.com's sources, the club has turned down inquiries from the Reds and, in previous windows, Arsenal and Schalke as well.
Fulham will take heart from Robin van Persie's recent move to Manchester United. The Red Devils tried to negotiate Arsenal down from its 24 million pound asking price, stating that the Dutchman had only one year left on his deal and was 29 years old. However, Arsenal held out, telling all potential buyers that it was willing to let Van Persie play out his final year and leave for free.
Arsene Wenger was able to demand a sizable fee, and Fulham has used the same tactics for its star player. It is likely that Jol will wait until the final 48 hours of the transfer deadline to allow Dempsey to move to a bigger club. If Liverpool decides against purchasing him, there could be interest from Serie A teams.
AC Milan could be an interesting option, as it has yet to adequately replace several departures from the team, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to Paris Saint-Germain.
Position: Left winger
Current club: FC Dallas
Possible destinations: England, Holland, Germany
Shea hasn't lived up to the superb season he had in 2011, but his potential still has plenty of European clubs interested.
Shea has only had three goals and two assists in 18 appearances this year, a steep drop off from the 11 goals and four assists he posted last season. The statistical decline could stem from overuse in the past 12 months, including heavy rotation with the U.S. national team in 2011 and a training stint with Arsenal in January. Shea's talent is hard to ignore. The 22-year-old possesses strong physical tools for a soccer player, as his power and speed at 6-foot-3 hint at his American football past.
What continues to deter European clubs is Major League Soccer's asking price. It is rumored that the league wants 8 million euros for Shea. A coach from one of the European teams that toured America during preseason pointed out the difficulty in purchasing the winger: "Eight million euros for Shea? Michael Bradley, an established player in Europe, went for 3.5 million euros [to Roma]." Clubs will continue to track the promising player but, unless MLS's demands decrease, it's highly unlikely that Shea will leave until next season.
One interesting detail is that Shea's representative, Spencer Wadsworth, has left Santio Sport to join Wasserman Media Group. The agency represents Tim Howard and Landon Donovan, among other U.S. internationals.
Position: Center back
Current club: Newco Rangers
Possible destination: 2. Bundesliga, Mexico, MLS
Though Maurice Edu is on the way to the Premier League with Stoke City, Bocanegra's future at Rangers remains uncertain.
Rangers is currently forced to play in Scotland's fourth division as a result of financial issues from last year. However, Bocanegra appears to be torn at leaving the Glasgow club.
He became an instant fan favorite at Ibrox Stadium last year and is settled at the club. He continues to claim that Rangers is the biggest club that he's played for. Any potential exit is a reluctant one.
However, staying in Scotland could be costly for Bocanegra's international career. With the emergence of Geoff Cameron at center back and with Tim Ream waiting for another chance to prove himself, Bocanegra needs to face top-level competition to keep his starting position and the captain's armband.
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has reportedly contacted several teams in the German second division to see if there's interest in the veteran center back. There are also rumors that teams in MLS and Mexico are interested in bringing Bocanegra back to North America.
Current club: AZ Alkmaar
Possible destination: England, Germany
Altidore is off to another hot start in the Netherlands, scoring four goals in his first two starts of the season. AZ fans aren't the only ones taking notice. A source told Goal.com that teams from England and Germany are scouting Altidore, and it is possible that he could move in January or next summer.
While the source wouldn't divulge which specific teams were interested in Altidore, the person mentioned that the teams from England were midtable clubs.
Current club: Los Angeles Galaxy
Possible destination: Everton, Mexico, Argentina
Donovan revealed to Goal.com that he is considering his options, including retirement, as his contract expires after the 2013 season. Whereas Donovan's value was at its highest during the 2010 World Cup, there is a feeling that MLS might be open to selling Donovan after this season if he expresses a desire to leave.
With the Galaxy having already talked to Frank Lampard's representatives, Donovan's exit would open a Designated Player slot for the club.
George John, Timothy Chandler, Steve Cherundolo, Sacha Kljestan, Oguchi Onyewu
John's contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he is still considering his options, according to sources close to player. He has previously looked at moving to a Greek club, and it is possible that he could end up in Greece if he doesn't renew his contract at FC Dallas.
Chandler continues to develop into one of the Bundesliga's top right backs, and a move to one of Germany's biggest clubs is a possibility.
Cherundolo has a year remaining at Hannover 96. It is unlikely that he will receive an extension at the club. Several reports claim that he is interested in returning stateside, and he could play in MLS next season.
Kljestan has two years left on his contract at Anderlecht. He would like to remain with the Belgian side but admitted to Goal.com that his future will be determined by whether or not he fits in with his new head coach, John van den Brom.
Onyewu is rumored to be on the transfer list at Sporting CP in Portugal and Soccer365.com claims that French clubs Lille and Bordeaux are interested in the center back.
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