DeAndre Yedlin’s stock has increased thanks largely to his impressive performances at the World Cup as one of manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s preferred substitutions. Showing off his pace and versatility at either winger or right back, Yedlin played so well that rumors have had him attached to two clubs who will be in the 2014/15 Champions League.
Outlets in both Italy and Belgium have jumped on Yedlin’s promise with both countries tying the youngster from the Seattle Sounders to big clubs in the country.
Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Yedlin has signed with AS Roma, but would remain with the Sounders on loan before for the rest of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. Meanwhile Belgian outlets have reported that Anderlecht was interested in signing Yedlin in the wake of his performance against the Belgium National Team after Fabian Johnson came off with a hamstring injury early in their 2-1 extra time defeat.
Yedlin’s agency came out today to address the rumors, saying that while multiple European clubs are now trying to lure Yedlin during the MLS and European Transfer Window nothing has been settled just yet.
“Contrary to reports that have surfaced, there is no truth to any of the rumors surrounding DeAndre Yedlin and his future. Yedlin’s agent, Chris Megaloudis, and Lyle Yorks, global managing director for James Grant Sports, continue to field inquiries from several clubs around the world about the defender’s availability,” a James Grant Sports spokesperson told SI’s Grant Wahl according to SI.com’s Planet Futbol.
Planet Futbol also pointed out that Seattle Sounders owner/general manager Adrian Hanauer has issued a statement of semi-denial to MLSSoccer.com, claiming that Yedlin is still a Sounder “for now” and that a potential move would be announced when there it is official naturally. Maintaining that Yedlin will be a Sounder for the time being and likely to feature in the club’s crucial “Derby Week” matches with their hated Pacific Northwest rivals in the Portland Timbers
“DeAndre has had a very good season in Seattle and obviously had a fantastic World Cup. This has drawn lots of interest for him from leagues around the world,” Hanauer said. “For now, DeAndre is in Seattle and we need him to help us win our upcoming games against Portland. If something transpires with a foreign team, we will announce it.”
Yedlin is likely headed to Europe for the next move of his career if one of his reported interested suitors makes an offer that the Sounders can not refuse, but with AS Roma officially signing fullback Ashley Cole the rumors that Yedlin is heading to the Serie A club could be written off as questionable for now. Expect the promising and versatile USMNT prospect to fall into the hands of a European club in the near future, but for now Yedlin is 100% a Sounder for the time being.