Monday, October 17, 2011

Alright... enough waiting. (updated)

Sometimes things are so unwieldly and certain responses take so long because not everyone appreciates what I do quite so much as NSC devotees. So here's the deal: it's Brek Shea spill time and everyone else can just catch up to us.

The following is a list of 15 clubs I have fully confirmed (through a seeming source cast-of-thousands) that were in the house to watch Shea either in Belgium last month or New Jersey last week:

Anderlecht, AZ Alkmaar, Blackburn, Bolton, Fulham, Hamburg, Liverpool, Newcastle, PSV Eindhoven, Roda JC, Sporting CP, Stoke City, Sunderland, Werder Bremen, West Ham United


This list does not cover every team who sent someone to check him out in a recent USMNT friendly. There are at least another 6-8 clubs that were there, but have remained hidden to me - so far. I also have good reason to believe that a La Liga club was on hand in Brussels, but despite them being the obvious candidate, I've yet to nail down for sure that it was longtime admirer Atlético Madrid. There is also some smoke coming from a couple of other countries that I'll skip around dishing on for now.

To the related matters: I cannot confirm any of the other big brand EPL names mentioned in tabloid stories, but the one where I've actually had some smoke is Chelsea - again, that is not confirmation of interest, it means some clues I've found do point to it actually being real. I can confirm any tales of battling offers are bunk, as there are no serious moves for him taking place at this time.

I cannot stress enough the last half of that last sentence for those who will want to use these revelations as claims that I stated so-and-so have offered a bazillion dollars for Shea. There, I said it.

As for reports out of Italy, I cannot personally expose any Serie A teams as suitors. However, I can tell you that a few Italian agents have called about Shea on behalf of a few mystery clubs there. I have a couple of keen clues on two of them, but I'm gonna hold off with that until the trails lead me to confirmations.

And, of course, we know Schalke are interested, as they made the "How much?" phone call at the deadline. I was not able to confirm they were in Brussels last month, but it's a fairly safe bet you can add them to my list.

So, for the most part, you now know what I know. By the time an MLSS report version shows up, there may be a few new names on the confirmed scouting list.

UPDATE: Silly me. With so much to spill, I forgot one key element. FC Dallas are aware of all the hubbub and remain insistent that they do not want to part with Shea. That about sums that up.








- Greg Seltzer

22 comments:

Mike said...

Excellent article to start off the work week. Good work Greg

Greg Seltzer said...

Thanks, Mike.

And yes, I may have just pissed off more people with one NSC post than ever before. Folks will be cursing my name in several languages this afternoon.

It makes me feel like... I deserve a Skip's Scramble.

Clint said...

In your opinion, what is the best scenario for Shea?

Greg Seltzer said...

Hmm. That would take some time and thought. Let me get back to that question after I've finished all my duties for the day.

Jamie said...

This is why NSC is my first stop every morning when I wake up. Thanks again!

Jay said...

Maybe this is crazy talk, but is there any scenario in which MLS would be able to accept an offer for a player over the top of the team for which that player suits up? Could FCD say "no, fuck off," but MLS take the money and run?

Greg Seltzer said...

No. But I also do not think FC Dallas would stand in his way of a great opportunity if a big enough offer came in - what that threshold is, I do not know.

strago said...

Wow. I love it when you spill. This might be the biggest spill you've ever had. Of all those clubs watching him, Werder, Az, and Sporting would be great places for him to land. So many tantalizing names on that list...

bryan579 said...

I would love to see Brek at Atletico if they would play him as a winger and not defender. I think their style and the way they develop and also spend their money wisely would be perfect for him.

The Wanderer said...

Personally I'd like to see Shea go to one of the Dutch teams.

RM said...

Is it just me or is this list a little disappointing?

Except for Liverpool and sort of Werder, these are all small clubs with no money and no ambition.
Mickey Mouse clubs really,
considering all the names we have been hearing this is not good.

Good to bring the expections down though but still dissappointing.

josh @ totalsoccershow.com said...

I don't think this list is disapointing at all. I am scared of him going to a club that is too big and struggling for playing time (see Altidore, Adu, among others). If he could make it at a big club that would be awesome, but I would be a fan of a Dempsey like move.

jon said...

Great article Greg. Extremely insightful.

Interesting that the huge top four clubs aren't confirmed, although those rumors scare me, as I wouldn't want Brek sitting on a bench somewhere.

Clubs like PSV, AZ, Fulham, Werder Bremen and Bolton could be great for Brek. I'd think he could challenge for some serious playing time at those clubs. Question is which of those could afford him.

Holland would be phenomenal for Brek's development for a couple years. So could a mid-table EPL club.

I'll be interested to see Greg's opinion on what he thinks would be best for Brek. I watch every single FCD game, and it appears to me Brek is getting more and more frustrated at the lack of quality he is surrounded by on his team. The guys he plays with can't even complete a simply one-touch give and go. Hard for me to say Brek should stay in MLS, when at 21 he's an MVP candidate, and his teammates skill and the FCD style of play is far below his talent level.

Greg Seltzer said...

Hmm. I think you're being snooty. Roda JC is the only "Mickey Mouse" club on the list. Not sure how the likes of Hamburg, Sporting and PSV aren't big clubs that can sometimes contend in the UEFA cups. Anderlecht and AZ are league leaders that regularly sell players to exciting places. And, of course, there's several Prem teams and more we don't know in other lands.

In fact, I just got a new confirmation on a team in one of those as-of-yet unnamed countries. Now, I just need to figure out which one it is among three possibles.

Greg Seltzer said...

That reply was to RM, by the way.

premierstar said...

West ham would be the Dempsey style move
Nurturing management style ambition obviously
Eying a return to the premier league and there ain't a team in the mls that could compete with any premier league team is there certainly not Dallas.

JonAG said...

Awesome site. That is all

SPA2TACU5 said...

Greg, more interesting than all the interested clubs, is the transfer fee Dallas/MLS is actually wanting to receive.

3 million, 5 million or 10 million. It makes quite the difference. There aren't too many clubs left who can actually spend a lot of money at the moment.

Any information on that?

Matt said...

@Spa2tacU5: I have a hard time imagining it would be anything less than $5 million, and would more likely be closer to $10 million.

Greg Seltzer said...

I have no idea what FC Dallas would demand. I'd imagine it would be at least top the $6M paid for Eddie Johnson.

Jay said...

It still boggles the mind that Johnson went for that much. Last I heard his wife was crashing a car into his hotel room, and he was failing to get a contract offer from a Scottish team that isn't in the Old Firm. Has he evaporated?

nbeers22 said...

Does RM consider Shalke a mickey mouse team? I'm not sure many of those mickey mouse teams make it to the champion's league semifinals. That statement really just isn't valid at all.