Aron Johannsson, one of the top forwards of the United States men's national team, is interested in exploring options within Major League Soccer, Yahoo Sports has learned.
According to a league source, Johannsson would be open to a switch from the Eredivisie in the Netherlands to MLS. The AZ Alkmaar striker has been offered to several MLS clubs and is "eager to come to the league," the source said.
Last month, Johannsson told "ESPN Soccer Today" that he wants to join MLS "at the peak of my career," but that could mean sooner rather than later. The 24-year-old is looking for a salary between $2 million to $2.5 million per year, according to the source.
No MLS team seems quite ready to pay Johannsson his wage demands, the source said, perhaps indicating that clubs are just now beginning to reign in their willingness to overspend for U.S. national team stars. Since last year, American standouts like Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey have returned to MLS for big-money offers.
If a Johannsson move to MLS ever comes to fruition, it would be yet another indicator that North America's top domestic flight has gone from being a selling league to one that buys.
Since joining AZ in 2013, Johannsson has scored an impressive 29 goals. The Alabama-born forward controversially chose USA over Iceland, where he grew up after moving to his parents' native country at age 3, and played in the Americans' World Cup-opening win over Ghana in Brazil last summer. Johannsson has scored four goals in 17 appearances for the Red, White and Blue.
A noted doppelganger for actor Kevin Bacon, Johannsson has spent the entirety of his career in Europe. Last year, he had his contract at AZ extended through the 2017-18 season.