Bradley moves up in Italian Serie A to AS Roma.
By Robert Wagman
(in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, July 5, 2012) -- United States midfielder Michael Bradley is moving across Italy's Serie A from Chievo to AS Roma, according to multiple media reports out of Italy.
Chievo finished in 10th place at 12-13-13 with 49 points. Traditional power Roma had an off-season, closing in seventh place at 16-14-8 with 56 points, missing out on European competition for 2012-13.
Bradley looks to be the centerpiece of a complicated Chievo-Roma deal that will see Roma pay a $4.34 million transfer fee, as well as reserve midfielder Leandro Greco. In addition, Roma will loan out striker prospect Giammario Piscitella for the upcoming season.
Bradley, through his agent, must now come to personal terms with Roma and sign a contract that will tie him to the club through the 2015 or 2016 seasons.
Roma is owned by a group headed by Boston businessman Thomas DiBenedetto, who has wanted a top American since taking over the team.
Another American possibly on the move is Fulham star attacker Clint Dempsey. Press reports say Liverpool is ready to make a $18.6-million transfer offer after failing to sign midfielder Glyfi Sigurddson of Germany's 1899 Hoffenheim.
New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is desperate for more goal scoring threats and Dempsey, who netted 23 goals in all competitions last season, would be a good fit.
Dempsey has said he wants to move to a club which will play in the European Champions League and Liverpool is not. He has a year left on his Fulham contract and a lucrative contract extension is on the table. Should he not sign that extension in the next couple weeks, Fulham will likely move him rather than take the chance he will play out his option and leave as a free transfer in a year.
Tottenham Hotspur is also reportedly ready to make an offer for Dempsey.
Fulham needs the money that Dempsey could bring. It is targeting Scottish international forward Steven Fletcher, now playing for Molineux in France. He would cost $15.7 million, which could be raised if Dempsey is sold.
Hard-luck American striker Charlie Davies, who continues to try to come back from a near-fatal car accident in 2009, has signed with ERanders of Denmark after parting ways with his French club Sochaux.
Davies, after spending a year at Major League Soccer's D.C. United, returned to Sochaux last season, but only appeared twice for the first team -- both times as a substitute. He made a dozen appearances for Sochaux II, the reserve squad.
United States defender Carlos Bocanegra, and midfielder Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya will not be will be playing for Glasgow Rangers next season. Rangers are in bankruptcy and in a very chaotic and complex situation. The club was officially liquidated, and consortium led by businessman Charles Green bought the clubs assets and branded what is essentially (and legally) a new team as "newco" Rangers.
What Green's group did not buy were the existing player contracts. At least 10 of the team's leading players, including the three Americans, elected not to have their contracts transferred to the new entity.
So the 10 and an undisclosed number of additional players are considered "out-of-contract," and available to sign with new clubs as free transfers. Some have started already with Scotland national-team defender Steven Whittaker joining Norwich City in England, striker Kyle Lafferty going to Sion in Switzerland, midfielder Jamie Ness signing with England's Stoke City and forward Steven Naismith nearing a deal with Everton in England.
Agents for the three Americans have now begun shopping their players to other teams. Some reports have all three looking at MLS clubs with Bocanegra in talks with the Vancouver Whitecaps. In the meantime, they are training at cb3 Performance in Cucamonga, Calif., to stay in shape.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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