After Friday’s news of Stoke City pursuing FC Dallas winger Brek Sea, reports came out yesterday that Shea was at FC Dallas training. Now, reports are coming out that MLS has rejected the offer (since they must approve all player sales) from Stoke:
It appears the deal to bring the FC Dallas midfielder to England has hit a snag over his valuation, despite the two clubs agreeing a fee in the region of £2 million.
Under American rules, that figure has to be ratified by Major League Soccer, and ESPN understands the MLS wants a transfer fee almost double that which had been agreed.
The MLS has intervened to place a higher valuation on Shea because of his age and potential, despite him still needing to prove he has fully recovered from an operation to remove a bone from his right foot.
So, word has been passed to me that MLS has now rejected Stoke in their quest for Brek Shea. Reading between the lines, if true, that would mean the Potters made a second offer that FC Dallas accepted.
Shea is currently recovering from surgery and isn’t expected to be fully healthy until February. That alone made a transfer somewhat surprising— he had a down 2012 and could potentially fetch more this year if he had a strong and healthy start to 2013. Shea has famoulsy feuded with FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndmann so you have to wonder how much Shea would enjoy a return to Frisco.
MLS of course rejected Stoke’s initial bid for Geoff Cameron (after Houston had agreed on it) before eventually selling so who knows what direction the saga will head next.
I do think that MLS is likely to overvalue Shea because if he leaves, you’re running low on marketable Americans in the league.