RIO DE JANEIRO – DeAndre Yedlin could become the first member of the United States' World Cup 2014 squad to cash in on his tournament performance after being linked to Italian club giant AS Roma.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, a deal has been virtually finalized to send Yedlin from the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer to Roma in Serie A, Italy's top league.
Sunday's report out of Italy included a scenario that would see Yedlin complete the current MLS campaign before making the switch. Roma, one of the biggest clubs in Italy and primarly owned by an American investment group, finished second in Serie A last season and will play in the UEFA Champions League next season.
There was no mention of a potential transfer fee, which in all likelihood would need to be in the region of $8 million or more for Seattle to consider letting Yedlin go.
The 20-year-old impressed during a pair of appearances at the World Cup after initially being a surprise inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. squad.
Yedlin was used off the bench against Portugal to provide some speed on the right side of midfield and had a role in Clint Dempsey’s go-ahead goal in a 2-2 tie with Portugal during the group stage. In the U.S.'s round of 16 defeat to Belgium, Yedlin came on in place of injured right back Fabian Johnson in the first half and acquitted himself well, both defensively and going forward.
Yedlin was drafted by the Sounders in 2013 and made his national team debut against South Korea in February. With a salary of $92,000, he is one of the lowest-paid players in the World Cup and by far the lowest of the American roster.
Neither the player’s agent, Chris Megaloudis, who took to Twitter to dismiss English newspaper reports linking Yedlin with Liverpool at the start of the weekend, nor the Sounders media relations department responded to requests for comment.
It's not journalism is you just make things up!— chrismegaloudis (@chrismegaloudis) July 5, 2014
If a deal has indeed been done, it must have come together mightily quickly. A source told Yahoo Sports that, as of Friday, Yedlin and his advisors were not aware of any potential move away from Seattle.