Things move quickly in the transfer market. It appears that Toronto FC have been working hard on a potential deal to bring Michael Bradley to BMO Field. The club only recently found out that the player was transfer listed by AS Roma and open to a return to MLS and since then have been in talks with the player and his club to try and get a deal done.
We know that the club will be holding a small press gather on Thursday afternoon at 1pm which will be to announce the return of Dwayne De Rosario. We also know they are teasing a major announcement for Monday the 13th with videos that seem to indicate it will be about the signing of Jermain Defoe. What we do not know is if that announcement could also include the unveiling of American midfielder Bradley.
Twitter has been swirling with rumours about this deal with every major journalist weighing in with their two cents and their sources. They all seem to agree that something is in the works between the two clubs but some are going as far as to suggest that a deal has now been completed with the clubs agreeing to a fee that could be more than $10million Canadian before factoring in a salary for Bradley that would be over $5million per season.
It all seems too good to be true but when you have the sort of money that TFC have to work with you can make anything happen. Signing Bradley would be a massive move for any MLS club though as he is the top American player and still in the prime of his career with a number of good years ahead of him.
The bad news is that the price of such a deal might just be Matias Laba. The club would need to free up designated player slot and some are suggesting that could come at the expense of trading Laba. On Thursday evening Luke Wileman was on TSN radio and remarked that the plan is to trade Laba to open up a DP slot and then sign Bradley.
The good news is that there is almost certainly some market for a player like Laba which could at least see TFC get something in return for him even if it would be a blow to see him leave. In the long run trading Laba might be a worthwhile price to pay to secure Bradley but such a deal would not go over well with many TFC fans who think quite highly of the Argentine midfielder.
This whole Bradley to TFC saga is moving very quickly and we will try to keep you up to date with the news as things continue to develop.