Tuesday, August 20, 2013

One more Donovan tidbit

Regarding his conditional AC Milan interest, I should add that there is one other condition. See, the Rossoneri would almost certainly only want Landon Donovan if they could get him before the summer window closes. Quite simply, this is because CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda will be arriving in January.

Now, I'm sure the fretful out there will wish to protest, saying "Hey! Wait a minute! I don't want Donovan going to Milan if they just want to use him as a four-month stopgap!" - but keep it together instead. A move there, if it came to pass, is not certain to end in him going stale during the months leading up to World Cup. It's not that simple. Injuries happen, especially when a team makes deep cup runs as the San Siro giants are wont to do. And players who perform during their playing time, continue to play, which is kinda how it works most everywhere. Ask David Beckham.

In any event, there is still no assurance that this interest will eventually produce a transfer offer. Milan were forced to settle for a 1-1 share away to Champions League playoff round foe PSV Eindhoven tonight, so they have it all to do in the home return. It's just another variable to consider. Shoulda mentioned it earlier, but I was in a busy hurry at the time.




- Greg Seltzer


21 comments:

WilkersonMclaser said...

Greg, thanks so much for this.

I'm sure you're right about Lando being able to fight for some PT, but wouldn't he be advised by his agent to go for a lesser but solid Serie A team like Genoa over Milan? There's also the chance that he plays really well but the manager's fixation on Honda (a great player btw) could have him riding the pine nonetheless.

jon said...

No need to tell Greg that Honda is a great player. Honda first came to my attention by way of many appearances on Greg's "Who likes goals?" feature.

heythisisrobbie said...

Part of me wants it, part of me doesn't. I don't want to give Jurgen any more excuses to not play LD in Brazil.

This is all very exciting.

Christian Mother of 3 said...

I just don't see Donovan leaving MLS for some "lesser but solid" team anywhere (including Everton).

Then you start to look at clubs that could attract him and would actually need a flex forward / winger type. At Everton he was a winger, but recently (US & LA) he's found much more success as a withdrawn forward. I would love to see him move to Europe but I’m not convinced yet.

Jon said...

MLS rumors called Milan speculation as "silly" and that Landon hasn't been contacted.

I trust Greg more though.

Phil McCracken said...

I hope Donovan has kept up with his dental hygiene as Milan are sticklers for that exam.

Jay said...

Wait, someone still pays attention to MLS Rumors?

jon said...

Jay, that was going to be my same comment. But then I can't even find any outlet going by that name that has put out any content in the past few weeks if not months, so I'm confused as to what ol' uppercase means by "MLS rumors."

WilkersonMclaser said...

He's referring to the twitter account @mlsrumors.

andrés said...

Not for nothin, Grant Wahl on twitter yesterday: "AC Milan director: We're not pursuing Landon Donovan".

jon said...

Wilkerson, well perhaps, but my confusion stems from the fact that account hasn't posted anything since July 8.

dikranovich said...

Upper case Jon, lower case Jon, Timmy, jimmy, alex, alexander, John, Matt, mat, brad, biff, it's really getting confusing. Any more disciples come along and we might have to break out Sanford and son again.

jon said...

Yes, because actual names that correspond to people's thoughts (and even appear above said thoughts) is much more confusing than arbitrarily assigned nicknames...

dikranovich said...

Lower case Jon. From now on your new NSC nickname is, Captain arbitrary. If you keep at it, you might get a spot as one of the Sanford and son players. Jay, aka aunt Esther, aka no joy is itching for an understudy.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ andrés: Yes, I saw that. However, I cannot vouch for how he asked the question or whether the particular director he asked is the straight-shooter type. Any which way, I'm standing behind my source, who has never been wrong before and is in a unique position to know such things.

Besides, I never reported that Milan were "pursuing" him right now - I reported they were considering a move for him contingent on them getting past PSV, a result which does not come to pass until next week. This distinction would certainly give an exec wiggle room in a reply.

Steven Streff said...

jon, it was @MLSTransfers, and not MLS Rumors who said the Donovan bit. But they don't have much of a track record, and Mr. Seltzer will always be the go to go for things like this.

Greg Seltzer said...

One more thing, now that I think of it. Didn't Milan swear up and down that they weren't going after Balotelli in January? I think they also did the same with Robinho back when.

dikranovich said...

I'm sure Donovan has talked to gooch. He is not going to Milan. First off, it is a dirty city, and it is cold, and it is just not going to happen. Second, he would risk an altercation with ballonutella and that would be no fun. Third, he would have to leave his good buddy Roy Rogers in LA. Simmer down trigger.

dallen said...

Re: the denail/non-denial Wahl tweeted - Galliani likes to play coy. Always has. I'm not doubting Grant's information, I'm just saying it doesn't mean anything one way or the other.

andrés said...

LD's most recent comments about wanting to end his career at LAG confirms my feelings about the original FOX interview. These transfer games are as fun as they are irritating. Many examples of surprise moves on deadline day but, and this is not to discount the tireless work of our collective soccer scribes, LD stays with LAG until the WC, at the very least.

Greg Seltzer said...

I agree. I never said Donovan would move anywhere, just that teams were interested in him. Not sure why the idea that most any club would love to have him, especially running out of contract, is hard to fathom. To me, it's more like... well, duh.