By IVES GALARCEP
Jermaine Jones wants to come to Major League Soccer, and even has a contract in place he is ready to agree to, but a snag in negotiations is threatening to kill a deal that has been in the works for the past month.
I am reporting on Goal.com that talks to bring Jones to MLS have hit a snag due to MLS’ unwillingness to guarantee Jones which team he will be joining when he signs his contract. Jones has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Fire, but MLS can’ t commit to ensuring that he goes to Chicago, and not the New England Revolution.
Jones is open to joining the Revs, but only at a greater salary than the one he agreed to for a move to Chicago, something MLS is so far unwilling to do.
So MLS wants to sign Jones, but doesn’t want to commit to letting him know which team he will join before he signs. That’s an arrangement that no Designated Player of U.S. Men’s National Team starter has ever had to agree to in order to sign with MLS.
While he didn’t confirm the details of my story, Jones did take to Twitter late on Wednesday evening to confirm that he has not signed a contract with MLS, which refutes some reports which surfaced late on Wednesday.
Give my Goal.com story a read and let me know what you think of this mess. Where would you like to see him wind up? Does anything regarding MLS transactions surprise you anymore?
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