Goal summarizes the biggest transfer talk involving U.S. players as they look for new homes or steps up in their careers outside of MLS
KLOPP WANTS PULISIC IF COUTINHO GOES
Liverpool will go after Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic this summer if they lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, The Mirror reports.
The Catalan side have targeted Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar, should he join Paris Saint-Germain. Although the Reds have warned Coutinho is not for sale, the player is reportedly set to ask for a transfer, and if one occurs, they will make a move for the 18-year-old USA international.
KLINSMANN COMPLETES HERTHA BERLIN DEAL
During his time as U.S. national team coach, Jurgen Klinsmann always talked about young American players needing to test themselves abroad. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his son would take his first steps as a professional in Europe.
U.S. Under-20 goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has signed a deal with Hertha Berlin, having completed a successful trial that convinced the Bundesliga club to make an offer to the University of California goalkeeper.
NAC BREDA EYEING PERMANENT MOVE FOR O’NEILL
Shane O’Neill is fresh off a career year after helping Dutch side NAC Breda earn promotion to the Eredivisie, and now NAC Breda is hoping to keep the American defender as it prepares to compete in the Dutch top flight.
According to BN DeStem, NAC is trying to make O’Neill’s loan move from Cypriot club Apollon Limassol a permanent one. Discussions are ongoing, but it will take a sizable transfer to secure the services of the former Colorado Rapids and U.S. Under-23 national team defender.
BOBBY WOOD SIGNS NEW HAMBURG DEAL
With interest in Bobby Wood reportedly on the rise, Hamburg has taken the big step to extend the U.S. national team striker’s commitment to the club.
Hamburg signed Wood to a new contract, a move that comes in the midst of rumors linking Wood to a looming transfer move. According to multiple German outlets, including Bild and Express, FC Cologne is considering a $12 million transfer for Wood, eyeing him as a replacement for star striker Anthony Modeste, who is preparing for a big-money move to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian.
Wood scored five goals for Hamburg during the 2016/2017 season, his first after joining HSV from 2 Bundesliga side Union Berlin. The new contract runs through the end of the 2020-2021 season.
LAFC AMONG CLUBS EYEING VOM STEEG
Los Angeles FC, Toronto FC and Minnesota United are interested in signing U.S. Under-20 national team goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg, according to the Rheinische Post.
Vom Steeg spent the 2016-17 campaign with second-tier German side Fortuna Dusseldorf but will be a free agent once his contract expires Friday. While the former UC Santa Barbara shot-stopper has drawn MLS interest, he reportedly would prefer to stay in Germany.
ADU DENIES RUMORS OF SWEDISH TRIAL
Freddy Adu has been off the grid since a failed trial with the Portland Timbers at the start of the year, but he emerged this week to shoot down the latest rumor about his club plans.
Adu took to Twitter on Tuesday to deny a report out of Sweden claming he was on trial with Swedish second division side Syrianska FC.
Adu has been without a club since leaving the Tampa Bay Rowdies after the 2016 NASL season.
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