Friday, February 21, 2014

The Palmer-Brown/Juventus Rumor Continue

The transfer rumors surrounding Sporting KC's youngest player, Erik Palmer-Brown and Juventus continue to swirl. Today, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that "Juventus have moved a step closer to signing" Palmer-Brown. It's a continuation of a story that started last month when it was reported that Sporting turned down a $1 million bid for the teenager by the Italian giants.

At the same time, reports out of Italy at that time had stated that Juventus and Sporting had agreed to a deal that would see the defender move to Italy when he turned 18. Sporting has continually denied that a deal was in place, and earlier this week in a Twitter Q&A, Robb Heineman, when asked if Sporting had agreed to sell Palmer-Brown, said "Noooooo."

But agreeing to sell and negotiating are two separate things. The team has admitted that Juventus has approached Sporting about Palmer-Brown though.  In fact tonight when asked about the ESPN article, Heineman admitted that Juventus is in Orlando watching him.

So while Heineman says that the team is not motivated to make a deal with Juventus, the fact that the Italian club came to Orlando to watch Palmer-Brown in preseason, speaks volumes to their interest in Palmer-Brown. What it also means is that this rumor is not going to go away.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

so... i've seen a lot of US nat team fans talking this up like SKC should do it for the good of the national team future. i feel like they should keep him for the same reason. i mean honestly, if the kid is a future national team player, who would you rather have develop him- a former nat team defender and mls defender of the year who has successfully coach another player into being a current nat team CB starter and mls defender of the year, or some euro team that would probably just loan him out to some team in estonia? i just don't understand US fans euro fetish sometimes.