There might not be a hotter American commodity than DeAndre Yedlin these days. Fresh off a breakout performance in the World Cup, comes news that the United States right back is drawing interest from virtually every top European league and that Roma, Napoli and Anderlecht have already put in transfer bids.
"DeAndre is now back in America following the World Cup, and yes talks are ongoing over his future as there are a number of options for him - but as yet nothing is decided," a spokesman for the James Grant Group, which represents Yedlin, told SkySports.
A day earlier, reports had started to circulate suggesting Roma was close to finalizing a deal that would have brought Yedlin to Serie A at the conclusion of the Major League Soccer season. But Goal.com refuted those reports, suggesting that nothing was finalized and that there was a brewing bidding war over Yedlin's rights.
For his part, Yedlin told reporters on Monday that his main goal was bringing a MLS Cup to Seattle and gave no indication that he was expecting an imminent transfer.
It's all a bit crazy, especially when you consider that only a few months ago few even expected Yedlin to be named to the United States' 30-man preliminary roster, let alone make the trip to the World Cup. As recently as 19 months ago, Yedlin was a sophomore in college without so much as an appearance in a professional match. Since then, Yedlin has won a starting job with the Seattle Sounders, was named to the MLS All-Star team and had a standout performance in last summer's U20 World Cup. More recently, he's won seven senior national team caps, including three appearances at the World Cup, including a reserve performance against Belgium in which he faced off against the likes of Eden Hazard and came out looking like a potential world-class talent.
A transfer to Roma, Napoli or Anderlecht would potentially put Yedlin in position to play in Champions League where all three have already qualified. Roma and Napoli finished 2-3 in Serie A, while Anderlecht won the Belgian Jupiler League playoff.
At Roma, Yedlin would likely serve as an understudy to Maicon, who is 32 and likely nearing the end of his run as a Champions League-quality starting right back. The situation is somewhat similar at Napoli, where 32-year-old Maggio is currently the starter. Anderlecht's right back situation is even more unsettled as starting right back Anthony Vanden Borre broke his fibula at the World Cup.