See, this is why I am usually so careful in choosing the words I use to describe goodie situations... remember this post? Looking back now, I can see clearly that including a pair of simple phrase changes wards off any bonehead's blushes.
"Michael Bradley is not moving in January."
"As of now, Michael Bradley is not moving in January."
"He is not looking to leave... "
"As of yet, he has not looked to leave..."
I mean, how hard was that? Everything else in the post still stands upright. However, I may be on the hook for an easily avoidable own goal before January ends because of my time-element oversight. Things have rapidly changed here, best have a sit.
So... not long after, if not right about the same time as the post linked above, Bradley/his rep made it known to Roma that he could look to move if his playing time evaporates. This kinda freaked out Roma, who still have no desire in the office or the manager's plan to get rid of the USMNT bald eagle. In fact, it sent them into a bit of a scramble. The club quickly found a new way to grab Cagliari's Radja Nainggolan, who they really cannot afford right now. Theoretically, they could have grabbed him this past summer by letting Sunderland purchase Bradley (hypothetically assuming the player would have agreed), but obviously made no move to do so. Instead, they are getting him on one of those famously convoluted Italian transfers.
Nainggolan has arrived in Rome to put the bow on a Rube Goldberg contraption heavily re-structured to give the Giallorossi two years to pay off his fee (which I am told could go as high as €18 million, for those who are curious). Naturally, this could endanger Bradley's minutes and elicit a move away, but let's not just presume this is the case.
Barring some unforeseen obstacle, Bradley should start against Genoa on Sunday. Juventus game notwithstanding, he has found opportunities to play since returning from injury and played solidly. The manager loves him. The suits love him and do not want to part with a marketing gem (another reason Roma chose the half-Indonesian Nainggolan, by the way). The US midfielder is very competitive and just wants to participate, and he very well might to a satisfying degree.
And most pertinently of all when conveying things as they stand at this present moment, there are no offers on the table for Bradley. Roma is certainly not going to be giving any discounts. We all got the idea of his value to them with the Sunderland rejection. And they are making no effort to shop him around, either. The closest to a conceivable option in my brains would be a loan to Hellas Verona, a Serie A surprise package that wanted the American last summer. And do please note I said 'conceivable option' and not 'current real-life door-knocking raider'.
Now, we wait to see what else time brings us. This time, with all the proper phrasing.
- Greg Seltzer