Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Exhibit A(S)

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

22 comments:

pete said...

If they love him so much why don't they play him?

Greg Seltzer said...

Well, until Juve, he had played 429 minutes in the previous seven games. And if they had reached Europe this season, none of this would be going on. They have a roster for Europe and no European games to play, and the Coppa Italia does not begin for them until this week. So more minutes could be ahead, along with more injuries/suspensions in the midfield stable.

And, of course, the boardroom love for Bradley does not give him minutes. You have local untouchable De Rossi (who should not be playing so much in my book), new big money signing Strootman and Pjanic, who has a different role.

It's tough in the big time, but I really do not worry a great deal about Bradley. He typically manages to play quite a bit wherever he goes and there have always been challenges in his path before.

Jon said...

Any truth to the Leverkusen interest which came out last week? That's seems like it potentially could be a very good fit, aside from that the Bund is on GolTV and I don't get it nor do I know anyone who does.

GolTV you suck.

But I'd imagine given recent "changes" at Roma that other clubs might see the writing on the wall and attempt to swoop in and we hear more over the next week. Of course, Mikey would likely have more options if he stayed or went on loan through the summer and looked for a transfer after the WC.

Wonder if the guys over at Goodison still have interest. In general I'm not liking the recent track record of our guys in England but Mikey at Everton could be a good fit and they were interested this summer.

Sticky situation for our boy. But this is what happens at the higher levels of the game.

Greg Seltzer said...

Leverkusen were not after him, no. And I am not actually sure that midfield situation would look any better to him anyway.

Yeah, I figured teams might come calling with all the various ink to the situation lately, but nope. As of the time of this post, no one is chasing him. Obviously, that could change.

Yes, exactly, this is what happens. When I was told this update, I was taken aback, thinking immediately of my recent articles. Hell, the updaters were surprised. It went from "no way" to "well... only if we must" very quickly.

Greg Seltzer said...

Same goes for Nainggolan move. He has been in their interest for a while and they tried talking deal before to no avail, but this week it materialized quickly. I'd explain that transfer arrangement, but I am not sure I totally understand it. :/

Jolazo said...

Greg, could Bradley's conundrum be solved if the rumors of Roma selling Pjanic are true? Naiggolan is a more natural backup for him, and could easily slot into his spot if he was moved, leaving Bradley as the defacto 4th midfielder still.

That said, I don't know if Roma is willing to sell Pjanic during this window given their place in the table.

Greg Seltzer said...

Roma do not want to sell either of them. I agree Nainggolan is closer to a Pjanic-type than Bradley, and the club basically sees it that way. Besides, we all know playing time is won in the training ground, not the transfer wire. I am not going to assume Bradley would disappear in this new situation.

Speaking of Pjanic, it is possible the knock he took against Juve could cost him a little time.

Greg Seltzer said...

I should say, training ground and field of play.

couchtoast said...

Soooo, Bradley approaches Roma about looking to move elsewhere if his PT is about to go down, which spurs Roma into making a move for a player who could potentially put a further dent in MB's playing time??? That logic is, as the kids say, whack.

Greg Seltzer said...

Welcome to Italy.

Stephen Meli said...

Roma's desire for Nainggolan was revealed weeks ago. I do not believe that Bradley's meeting prompted Roma to go for Nainnggolan, it is almost certainly the opposite because that is the only thing that makes sense.

Roma also wants to move Marquinho, so if both him and Bradley move, Roma are left with essentially 4 midfielders for 3 spots. It makes more sense that Bradley would stay even if his playing time is reduced a bit. He would only be moving to a lower club and definitely not one in Europe.

Greg Seltzer said...

Roma interest in Nainggolan has been known for months, actually. They tried to strike a deal for him even before they signed Strootman. And I guess you can believe what you want, but things do not always make sense. If it counts for anything, my sources have been on the money so far in twisty Bradley/Roma sagas that play out in their own time. :)

I have no idea who will come for him. Whoever it is should be ready to top the failed bid of Sunderland. As I said, we cannot assume he now moves quickly. Or this month at all.

Jon said...

Twellman said on ESPNFC than he's knows for a fact that when Mikey sat down with management last week that he voiced his displeasure with his lack of playing time and wants a move.

Tom said...

Well I don't pretend to understand Italian soccer. They play some great games, but it's all embroidered with a soap opera.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ jon: Twellman is correct.

@ Tom: The only Italian things I understand are the food and the women.

Tom said...

Greg,

well, if you had to pick two things Italian to understand--those are great choices!

pete said...

I'll drop this here too


@TaylorTwellman I'm hearing @torontofc on the verge of signing Michael Bradley

Paolo said...

TFC? That's just bonkers.

Greg Seltzer said...

Gimme just a few minutes, folks. This TFC thing would be a real shocker, considering what Bradley's agent told me a couple hours ago. Checking back on it now, the hounds are already running free.

dallen said...

I would lose all faith in everything if Michael [expletive] Bradley moves to [expletive] TFC. Everything except Tim Leiweke's baller status.

dallen said...

I would lose all faith in everything if Michael [expletive] Bradley moves to [expletive] TFC. Everything except Tim Leiweke's baller status.

Greg Seltzer said...

Update post to check now...