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 Posted by on July 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm  The Ball is Flat
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Yes where there is smoke, there is fire. According to sources, Seattle Sounders defender Deandre Yedlin who played for team USA in Brazil, has drawn interest from none less than 3 top clubs in Serie A Sources say that Napoli Roma and Inter are all interested, all 3 however have a significant obstacle to overcome in order to bring the American here to Italy. Clubs in Serie A are only allowed 2 slots each for players who are not EU citizens. Reports have it that Napoli have offered the most money, with Roma and Inter waiting to see what happens. Sources tell me that Aurelio DeLaurentiis
representatives have been authorized to negotiate with the Sounders on a deal to bring Yedlin here to Italy and park him with another Serie A club or just allow him to finish the season in MLS and bring him over in January.
this would be made possible, by the fact that, 1 of Napoli's 2 non EU slots will be opened in October, when Jorghino becomes an Italian citizen. Apparently Seattle has only asked 2.5 million euro for Yedlin.
Reports linking Yedlin to Roma, probably stem from the fact of Roma's American ownership. However recently, sources have reported that Mehdi Benatia, who had been rumored on his way to Manchester City, will be back at Roma. Also reports of Roma's interest in former Napoli defender Hugo Armando Campagnaro .
Inter's possible interest in Yedlin would come from Erick Thohir's connection to the MLS. Being the owner of DC United. However I don't think coach Mazzarri is looking for defenders, It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. I will say I fully expect Yedlin here in Italy at some point in the not to distant future.

Gene Gallucci TBIF


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