A source has revealed multiple teams are after the greatest American player of all time.
With Clint Dempsey returning to MLS, all the talk is of the league’s stratospheric rise and huge boost in pulling power. MLS has now broken a glass ceiling, proving it is capable of attracting major US stars at the top of their game.
However, could it be a case of one step forward, two steps back for the league? Reports have emerged that Landon Donovan could well be on his way back to Europe.
The Gold Cup star and LA Galaxy Designated Player has only six months left on his contract, and has been the subject of serious interest from sides based in Europe.
A source told Goal.com, “I can share with you that multiple clubs in multiple European countries [have reached out to Donovan]. As Landon said in KC this week, he is feeling great physically and mentally and from a club standpoint he is open to anything now.
Donovan has won all there is to win in his eight years with the Galaxy, including three MLS Cups and five MLS Best XI placings. A move to Europe could be something that might appeal to Donovan who, at 31 years of age, may want one final challenge.
Donovan actually spent two brief spells during the MLS off-season in 2010 and 2012 with Everton, becoming a fan favourite despite his minimal playing time.
Whilst it is a safe assumption that Donovan, barring a catastrophic collapse in form, need not worry about his place with the USMNT for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a spell in Europe to prove both his desire and his ability could well impress head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has made no secret of his fondness for US expats.
Perhaps a move abroad for Donovan would be the best thing? With the summer transfer window shutting across Europe on September 2nd, Donovan has 27 days to make his mind up.