A move away from the Seattle Sounders may have been looming for DeAndre Yedlin this summer before he went to Brazil. However, his performance in the World Cup brought more spotlight his way and several rumors linking him to big European clubs have surfaced. He was initially thought to be an end of the bench guy for the USMNT, but now a move to AS Roma, Michael Bradley‘s former team, is becoming more of a reality.
Yedlin has been doing the media rounds and missed the Sounders’ game this weekend. He was expected to be back with Seattle this week, but that may not last long. He could become the first USMNT player to take a big move with Matt Besler also rumored to Europe. Yedlin would likely remain with Seattle through the end of the MLS season. However, it seems the deal is simply missing some of the small details according to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
No Short Corners reports that Yedlin could gain Latvian citizenship. This would make it easier for Yedlin to make AS Roma’s roster. Serie A clubs can only add one non-EU player per year. It is unclear which of Yedlin’s parents are Latvian. However, there are no confirmed non-EU moves to AS Roma at this time, but the window will not close for some time.
The transfer fee for Yedlin would have to be in the neighborhood of $8 million and the Sounders could see about $6 million of that to reinvest into the roster. Ashley Cole has turned down offers in MLS to move to Roma meaning that Yedlin could be battling the left back for playing time. However, Yedlin has shown versatility and could slot in on a wing if he shines for Roma.
Yedlin seems to be on his way to Italy to continue his career and keep him firmly in the plans for the future of the USMNT. He will cash in after being the lowest paid player on the World Cup roster and his play in Brazil justified the raise.