Wednesday, February 21

USMNT Transfer Watch: Pulisic, Aaronson, McKennie, Dest and other American names in the rumor mill

American players are pushing around the world to play for bigger clubs, both at home and abroad.

USMNT veterans can be found playing for clubs like Barcelona, ​​Chelsea, and Bayern Munich, among many other European giants. Additionally, national clubs are paying more and more money in transfer fees for USMNT stars, giving credit to national transfers.

The biggest names are attracting more and more interest, which naturally leads to more and more speculation, and as a result, American players have become the talk of the town in England, Germany, Spain and other European soccer hotspots.

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Here’s a comprehensive look at the most notable transfer reports and rumors about American players around the world.

USMNT Player Transfers

Before we get to the rumours, here is a list of all the American players transferred both last summer and this winter. This list will be updated if other offers are confirmed.

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Transfer fees according to

Player transfer fee Date From TO USMNT Caps
Weston McKennie $22.55 million July 1, 2021 Schalke juventus 28
Ricardo Pepi $18 million January 3, 2022 FC Dallas FC Augsburg 7
jose sergeant $10.45 million August 9, 2021 werder bremen norwich city 19
daryl dyke $9.5 million January 1, 2022 city ​​of orlando sc west brom 8
Bryan Reynolds $7.43 million July 1, 2021 FC Dallas Rome two
Gianluca Busio $6.6 million August 9, 2021 Sporty KC Venice 9
tessmann tanner $4 million July 15, 2021 FC Dallas Venice one
matthew hoppe $3.85 million August 31, 2021 Schalke Majorca 6
Conrad of the Source $3.3 million July 1, 2021 Barcelona Marseilles 3
jordan pefok $2.75 million July 1, 2021 Renais Stadium Youths 8
Kelly Acosta $1.5 million January 14, 2022 colorado rapids LAFC Four. Five
Sebastian Lletget $1.3 million December 16, 2021 LA Galaxy New England 33
james sands Loan (with option) January 5, 2022 NYCFC Forest ranger 7

USMNT player transfer rumors

Below is an up-to-date list of all notable transfer reports and rumors involving players who have played for or are eligible to play for the United States national team.

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Christian Pulisic (FW, Chelsea)

  • Linked to: Barcelona
  • The contract ends: 2024

Since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, Christian Pulisic has struggled to clinch a starting job at Stamford Bridge. It was hard enough for the club to bring in talented attacking players like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, but Tuchel’s tactical preferences have left wingers like Pulisic on the sidelines. Tuchel prefers to play a 3-4-2-1, which has forced Pulisic to play either full-back or forward with Mason Mount ranked number 10.

In December, the English journalist paul brown reported that Pulisic is receiving a lot of interest and has “teams looking at him.” spanish outlet Transfers he also reported that Chelsea hoped to “cash in” on Pulisic in January, but nothing has materialized since then. At the beginning of the same month, Spain Sports world he named Barcelona as a club that could be looking to bring in Pulisic over the winter.

Sergio Dest (DF, Barcelona)

  • Linked to: chelsea
  • The contract ends: 2024

Barcelona’s financial crisis has made the club look for options to free up salary space and for bank transfers of assets. Sergino Dest has found himself embroiled in that mess, with the young fullback missing time this season due to injury and unable to find time under new manager Xavi.

While rumors seem divided on whether Dest will push for a move or stay to fight for his place at Barca, there has been significant noise regarding a Camp Nou exit, although there is talk of specific clubs being interested. in the 21-year-old player. It hasn’t really increased during the first part of January.

Dest’s agent, Michael Reschke, spoke to a German outlet ran (Jan 17) regarding Dest’s situation in Barcelona, ​​saying that Dest “feels good” in Barcelona and says a move is “unlikely” at the moment.

That public statement came after the Spanish newspaper Sport reported on January 7 that Chelsea are “keeping an eye” on the 21-year-old, although Dest “wants to stay in Barcelona”. Bayern Munich, who were interested in signing Dest ahead of his move to Barcelona, ​​have also been mooted after rumors began to surface in December. But coach Xavi said from the start that the player’s absence from the line-up was due to injury, not performance.

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Weston McKennie (MF, Juventus)

  • Linked to: tottenham
  • The contract ends: 2025

Since moving from Schalke to Juventus, first on loan in 2020 and then permanently a year later, the 23-year-old has experienced something of a renaissance. Juventus saw raw talent at Schalke and the club have made McKennie a regular starting midfielder for a European powerhouse. But Juventus have performed below expectations this season, currently in a battle just to secure a place in the Champions League, and there could be casualties from such disappointment.

McKennie struggled with consistency in the run-up to the January 2022 transfer window, sparking a flurry of rumours. Since then, he has responded with goals in consecutive games, including one against Udinese in the league and one against Inter in the Italian Super Cup. As a result, the rumors seem to have subsided for now.

The strongest hints of a move came from an Italian publication. transfer market which reported that Tottenham boss Antonio Conte sees McKennie as a potential upgrade for Spurs’ midfield. But with Massimiliano Allegri frequently using McKennie, the report indicates a significant offer would have to come in for Juventus to even consider the move.

Brenden Aaronson (MF/FW, RB Salzburg)

  • Linked to: Leeds United
  • The contract ends: 2025

A newcomer to RB Salzburg from MLS a year ago, Aaronson has made a splash in his year in Europe. With 10 goals and 12 assists since joining RB Salzburg, the 21-year-old winger has seen his name become one of the first in manager Matthias Jaissle’s squad. His performances have reportedly caught the attention of those in the Premier League, and he has seen a flurry of reports as the end of the January transfer window approaches.

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While Aaronson could make a lucrative move to the Premier League this winter, it would mean giving up Champions League action. Aaronson helped RB Salzburg progress through their Champions League group and is now set for a high-profile clash with Bayern Munich in the knockout stage. That series could boost his transfer value if he has a star on display.

the athletic reported on January 18 that Leeds United saw a $21 million offer for Aaronson rejected. The report further stated that Leeds “remain determined to sign the striker” despite the rejected offer. The club may see Aaronson as a replacement for Rafinha, who has been heavily linked with an Elland Road exit.

Tyler Adams (MF, RB Leipzig)

  • Linked to: Manchester United, Arsenal
  • The contract ends: 2025

Since moving to RB Leipzig in the winter of 2019, Tyler Adams has become a fixture at the Bundesliga club, helping them achieve steady momentum in the Champions League each season. Even this year, where a disappointing first half sees RB Leipzig sitting in seventh place, they remain just three points from a top-four spot.

The American is still just 22 years old and his contract doesn’t expire until 2025, so a deal seems unlikely, but the rumors have surfaced anyway.

In December, English tabloid Meter claimed that Adams could be an option for Manchester United this January. The article appears to be more speculation than actual reporting, as it posits that the addition of former RBNY boss Chris Armas to Manchester United’s coaching staff could open a door for Adams, but gives no further details.

Months before in June 2021, the athletic reported that Arsenal were interested. While the road here has gone cold since the summer, it’s worth noting that Arsenal are in desperate need of midfielders and earlier interest can often provide an indicator for future movement.

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