Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Yeah, let's do this.

I can now confirm that Brek Shea is currently on his way to Stoke City to complete a £3.8 million transfer. Buckle up, this particular Tuesday is moving NOS fast and furious. it's a day like this that actually makes me consider using stupid Twitter.



- Greg Seltzer

14 comments:

RobUsry said...

Do it, Greg. You know you want to. You can spend the rest of the time quoting AD.

Greg Seltzer said...

Not sure the world is ready for me to be spouting off random thoughts in real time. I'm already just enough of an oddity.

Diplodocus said...

Pounds or dollars?

And do we know what his work permit status is? Does he have a Norwegian passport?

Greg Seltzer said...

That is GBP, comes to about $6 million.

And Americans have won 11 straight work permit appeals. The last who failed was Brad Guzan's first try, six months before he was approved. It's just not that much of a hurdle anymore.

Timmy said...

What do you think of this move, Greg? Where does he project in the Stoke lineup/how does his style of play fit theirs? I realize Stoke is playing a prettier soccer this year, but I still see them as the tough guys who pack it in.

Greg Seltzer said...

It all comes down to how fast he can learn to think the game and make plays. He has all the tools.

I gather he is seen as the replacement for Etherington once fit and adapted. And while Stoke are known for defense, they do play with proper wingers and Shea likes to counter.

Tony M said...

So all the screaming about MLS standing his way...he is going and they got more money for him. Sounds like the way negotiations go whether its a club or a single entity structure.

Greg Seltzer said...

Right... but you alluded to the major difference in your last sentence - with MLS, bidders have two gates to pass instead of one.

Zach said...

Uh-huh, you know what it is. Everything Greg do, he do it big.

Agudelo? Agudelo?

Jay said...

Twitter works as a one-way street. Once you start trying to follow what everyone else is writing, you just lose all your time. Avoid it!

Matt said...

Who really knows, but I would say this looks like another instance where the MLS brass has done its job at the negotiating table. If he got sold for less than $5 million US dollars, than it was going to set a bad ceiling for premier US talent. He's 22 years old and one of the best young kids in the league, if he had gone for what the press was saying FC Dallas was willing to let him go for, that would have been bad news for DC United (Najar) and Chivas (Agudelo).

One day this two tier structure will have to go, but I don't think that day is for another 5-10 years.

Jon said...
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Jon said...

@Matt

It's ridiculous to compare this situation to Chivas and Agudelo or DCU and Najar. Elementary logic makes this clear.

FCD agreed, MLS stepped in and blocked the deal, then it later went through. But here we had two clubs agreeing, then MLS stepping in. FCD made the decision to sell and agreed on a price.

With Chivas, it's the club who's playing hardball with Celtic. With DCU, it's the club playing hardball with Anderlecht. Neither are examples of clubs agreeing and MLS stepping in.

I have no problem with Chivas/DCU playing hardball as those are two clubs making personnel decisions. That's not MLS. The Shea situation however is the club making a decision, then MLS stepping in and playing hardball. Completely different.

Matt said...

@Jon: all I'm saying is his price is a benchmark. And if that benchmark has been set too low, than it impacts everyone else's ability to negotiate a good price. And my point is that FC Dallas can screw everyone else if they take a "bad" deal because they want to offload Shea, or whatever.