The agent of decorated fullback Ashley Cole reportedly met today with AS Roma football director Walter Sabatini about a potential move to Major League Soccer this summer.
New York City FC are said to have shown an interest in signing him over the summer with an eye toward playing him behind longtime Chelsea and England teammate Frank Lampard, who is set to take over the midfield at Yankee Stadium in July.
Cole departed the Premier League for Roma last summer after turning down at least one offer from MLS. In January's transfer window, the MLS rumors came up again to no avail.
The Englishman enjoyed successful runs at Arsenal (1998-2006) and Chelsea (2006-2014), winning three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, and the UEFA Champions League. He was named to UEFA's Team of the Year in 2004 and 2010, and made the Pro Footballer's Association's Team of the Year four times.
At the international level, Cole appeared 107 times, becoming England's most-capped fullback. He appeared at three World Cups, and was voted England Player of the Year in 2010.
Today's report comes on the heels of the Telegraph's suggestion that another former teammate of Cole's, Didier Drogba, would strongly consider a move to join Lampard & Co. at New York City if the London Blues choose not to renew his contract at the end of the season.
At Cole's natural position of left back, New York City's already has options. Despite Javier Calle's injury against Chicago and subsequent absence Sunday versus Seattle, Jeb Brovsky and Chris Wingert are capable of manning the position. Cole, however, brings an attacking dimension to that role, which Jason Kreis has attempted to realize in Calle.
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