SAO PAULO -- U.S. national team defender DeAndre Yedlin went into the World Cup as the player arguably the fewest number of people expected to make the American roster.
Now he's the player the most clubs are chasing after.
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Teams from Spain, Italy and England have expressed interest in the 20-year-old speedster, and a deal for his services could be finalized within the next week, sources have confirmed to Goal USA.
Recent reports out of Italy claiming that a deal was already finalized with AS Roma were inaccurate, with sources telling Goal that Roma was one of several Serie A teams interested in Yedlin.
Roma is not the only Italian team to express interest in the Seattle Sounders man. Genoa was one of the first teams to make a serious inquiry about the fullback.
Interest from La Liga has been added to the mix, with Spanish clubs approaching this week about signing Yedlin after his impressive showing at the World Cup, sources confirmed to Goal.
Earlier reports out of England linking Yedlin to Liverpool have also proven to be untrue, though there are Premier League teams expressing interest. There have also been inquiries from Ligue 1.
Just how many strong offers will reach the desk of Major League Soccer remains to be seen, but with interest at a feverish level now, Yedlin stands a good chance of making a transfer move this summer. The Sounders could be open to making a deal happen quickly, before he returns to action in MLS.
Whether or not Yedlin leaves MLS could come down to whether league officials, and not the Seattle Sounders, decide the price is right. In Major League Soccer’s single entity format, the league owns all player contracts and ultimately has the final say on transfers.
Yedlin’s situation is a unique one as he would become the first American MLS homegrown player sold by his original club (D.C. United sold Honduran national teamer and homegrown product Andy Najar to Anderlecht after the 2012 MLS season). Under league guidelines 75 percent of any Homegrown Player transfer goes to the player’s club, with 25 percent going to MLS. That 75/25 split is different than the standard 66/33 split for all other MLS transfers.