Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Meanwhile, back at BNN...

Let's catch you all up on the latest developments in the nearly completed transfer of Michael Bradley to Roma:

- The package going to Chievo has been jostled a bit, with a little less cash, half-ownership of Adrian Stoian and a Leandro Greco loan on the table last. Why the offer shuffle? I'm not 100% certain, but I do know that competing offers tend to force a bump up.

- Also, Roma technical director Walter Sabatini just spoke to reporters about the negotiations for Bradley. And what did he say?

"Bradley is close. He's not a marketing operation. I know some of you think this. The field will show how pragmatic, secure he is. He's a winner. If we will cut the deal, I will be proud."


Stay tuned to this Bat-channel because I may have more "N" about a different "B" later today.




- Greg Seltzer

14 comments:

Jayboy said...

Bedoya? Bocanegra? Bea Arthur? So many B's to choose from!

Hopefully the first two are moving, pretty sure the last one isn't.

Greg Seltzer said...

Think "B" as first name. And think "back to the future" for the destination.

Timmy said...

Brad Guzan back to AV.

Thomas said...

Greg-

Mat Kendrick, The Birmingham Mail's man at Villa, released a story a few hours ago announcing that Guzan will be re-joining Villa. He also announced that it will be done in time for him to join the squad in the US on Monday.

Greg Seltzer said...

In that case, Mr. Matt Kendrick beat me to the confirm. Congrats to him, I've been trying to get one for a few weeks. You may remember I gave a hint this could happen a while back.

Greg Seltzer said...

Oops... Mat, not Matt.

Thomas said...

Greg-

Sorry, I didn't mean to be rude. I certainly heard about it here first but I follow Villa pretty religiously and Kendrick is a great resource. Also just wanted to say we appreciate all of your hard work, I have been pimping out this blog big time on a board full of US Soccer fans. This has been one of the first sites I've checked daily for atleast 3 years now.

As far as I know it is still yet to be confirmed, the Birmingham Mail's headline this morning was "Aston Villa close in on a familiar goalkeeper - with Brad Guzan set to re-sign"

Read More http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/aston-villa-fc/aston-villa-news/2012/07/04/aston-villa-close-in-on-a-familiar-goalkeeper-with-brad-guzan-set-to-re-sign-97319-31318654/#ixzz1zf4ZWIlX

Greg Seltzer said...

No rudeness was taken. I was sincerely congratulating him. I just talk very directly. People commonly mistake my tone on emails and such. No biggie.

Lampard in the End Zone said...

Greg -

It seems the reason Guzan is heading back is because the management thought Given was poor in Euro 2012 and Guzan might start for Villa. Is there any truth to that rumor and why would Brad return if he would not be receiving first team playing time?

Thomas said...

The big problem for me is the fact that Given signed a 5 year deal on big money at age 35. He's clearly got a history of injury problems and in my entire life I've never seen a keeper so reluctant to come off his line. Given was a big part of the reason we gave up so many goals from corners last season. Now, he has proven over the years that he is a world class shot stopper but after the Euro you really have to start questioning if he's still at that level.

I'm hoping we sell Given and spend the wage money elsewhere. Lord knows we need some help. Hutton, Dunne, Collins and Warnock could all be gone this summer (hopefully!) so we could have an all new backline. I'm hoping that both Guzan and Lichaj will be a part of it.

Lampard in the End Zone said...

Hutton is a walking red card. I wish Villa would have kept Cuellar and sold Dunne and Collins.

Thomas said...

Yes, Hutton is absolute garbage. I loved Carlos and despise Collins/Dunne at this point so I'm in complete agreement with you. And to answer your earlier question I certainly think Guzan could be given a chance at the #1 shirt.

I got on the anti-Given train (I actually think I may have started it) about halfway through last season and most other Villa fans gave me a hard time and said he was our best player. I think by now most have come around and realize his limitations.

The sentiment I get is that most Villa fans would understand if Given was let go and think that Brad played well enough last season to earn a shot.

Bob Smith said...

The fact that Sabatini states in a press release that he wasn't signed for marketing suggests to me that he actually was.

This is worrying for two reasons.

1) The American market is not the Chinese market. Bradley isn't going to sell hundreds of thousands of Roma shirts.

2) Bradley needs to play. I have no doubt that he will compete for a spot and that he is talented enough to play for this team but that isn't always enough at this level. If the coach thinks he's a gimmick he'll have to be twice as good as the next option to play.

Greg Seltzer said...

You're being paranoid, buddy. Sabatini doesn't mince words, he was actually saying that to kinda reprimand some Italian scribes in attendance. Bradley is being brought there to play. Trust me.