Embrace the Silly Season.
Lean into it.
Be swept away by its totally nutso current.
This week, Calcio Mercato wrote that while Germany midfielder Sami Khedira is focused on Juventus, offers could be in the works as early as this summer from three Major League Soccer clubs: LA Galaxy, the New York Red Bulls, and a certain NYCFC.
Khedira’s contract with the bianconeri extends through the 2019 season, and he’s been enjoying a run of form so far this year. There are zero legitimate indications that the player fancies an early exit, though the article in question suggests that he’d like to live out his “American dream” before he calls it a career.
With Frank Lampard’s departure following the end of New York City FC’s sophomore campaign, as well as the retirement of Andoni Iraola, Patrick Vieira’s squad has two huge holes to fill in the midfield. Khedira, full of intent as he is, would make mincemeat of MLS defenses, but doesn’t provide anything remotely approaching Dank Frank’s scoring threat. He can play deep, but isn’t a rough-and-tumble type.
Combine that with the fact, at age 29 with years left on his contract, that he’d command a titanic transfer fee (Transfermarkt estimates his market value at over $21,000,000). The likelihood that an MLS club breaks the bank to bring in anyone less than a goal-ripping world-beater is microscopic.
Even less likely is that Khedira and Juventus would dissolve the contract by mutual consent -- as they did with Andrea Pirlo — and allow him to leave for free.
(But if the Galaxy get serious in their pursuit, surely MLS will just up and invent some new and dodgy roster rule to ensure that the they get their man like always.)
Let’s face it, the Silly Season means a new, wild-ass rumor every week. Remember when Twitter was... well... atwitter last week over Giuseppe Rossi, despite an utter lack of sources suggesting that the Jersey-born Fiorentina man was particularly keen? Or even available at all?
Well, get ready for more of this exact kind of funny business until NYCFC no longer has a designated player spot available.
I advise that you try to find a way to enjoy it.
With that in mind, I leave you with a list of reasons why Sami Khedira would actually work out well for New York City FC:
- He kinda looks like Dave Grohl
- Is that seriously not enough?