Darlington Nagbe’s move to Celtic is reportedly off after the Scottish giants pulled out of negotiations, but there might be more to the story.
According to Goal.com, Nagbe was not enthused by the wages Celtic offered him. That, combined with the Portland Timbers wanting a higher fee, led to a breakdown in talks.
Celtic increased its offer for Nagbe before Christmas. The Timbers midfielder was apparently at the top of manager Brendan Rodgers’ wish list for the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old has played in nearly 200 regular-season matches for the club since he was drafted by the team in 2011. He also has 10 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team under his belt.
Melano out, Wallace in for the Timbers?
Nagbe may not be leaving, but the Timbers are reportedly preparing to bring in at least notable player this winter.
Goal.com is reporting that Portland will try to sign a designated player to play out wide as Lucas Melano is inching closer to a departure.
However, there could also be a former player returning to Providence Park. Rodney Wallace, who is currently contracted by Brazilian club Sport Recife, is reportedly open to a return to the Timbers.
Minnesota United announces signing of defender Francisco Calvo
Nearly a week after Saprissa announced Francisco Calvo’s departure, Minnesota United has finally unveiled its newest signing.
Minnesota announced on Tuesday the signing of the Costa Rican defender Francisco Calvo on a permanent transfer.
The 24-year-old can play across the backline, but has primarily been deployed as a leftback or centerback.
Calvo has earned 17 caps since he made his debut with Costa Rica in 2011.
CEO to take over day-to-day operations of Orlando City
Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao will have more responsibility in 2017 and beyond.
Club founder Phil Rawlins announced that he will no longer handle day-to-day operations for Orlando City and that Leitao will take over.
Leitao has been a member of Orlando’s board since 2012. He was promoted to CEO prior to the 2016 season.
Additionally, Rawlins was given the role of “club life president,” and will serve as an ambassador.