Michael Bradley hasn’t played in an MLS game since late May, but the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder was the subject of a major transfer offer.
According to Goal USA, Toronto FC recently rejected a $5 million transfer offer for Bradley from a European team. The offer would be half of what TFC paid for the former Roma midfielder, who broke the MLS record for largest transfer fee paid with his $10 million move from Serie A.
However, the deal would have been the third-largest transfer fee earned by an MLS team, behind only Jozy Altidore’s $10 million transfer to Villarreal and Eddie Johnson’s $6 million move to Fulham, both of which came in 2008.
“We regularly get interest for Sebastian [Giovinco], Jozy and Michael — all of them,” general manager Tim Bezbatchenko told the Toronto Sun last week following reports linking Bradley to Serie A side Torino. “It’s a matter of understanding that these players aren’t for sale. Again, if there was an offer we couldn’t refuse, then it’s something we would entertain but for the most part it’s a polite decline. Thank you but no thank you.”
Bradley has made 12 appearances for Toronto FC this season while captaining the USMNT in a fourth-place finish at this summer’s Copa America.
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