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Report: Red Bulls reject Premier League offers for Long

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Aaron Long will reportedly not be sold by the New York Red Bulls anytime soon.

According to ESPN, the MLS Eastern Conference club have rejected several Premier League offers for the U.S. Men’s National Team centerback. The news comes after Fox Sports broadcaster Brian Dunseth confirmed in last Sunday’s MLS broadcast that one EPL side had made several offers for Long’s services.

The Red Bulls also declined any counteroffers or entertain further discussions over Long, according to the report.

Long, 26, has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal with the defending Supporters Shield winners. He won MLS Defender of the Year in 2018 and in all has totaled 83 appearances for Chris Armas’ side, scoring five goals.

He has also skyrocketed through the USMNT player pool, winning 11 caps since making his debut in 2018.

The Red Bulls currently are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 31 points so far.

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  1. I understand MLS is a business like any other, but at some point it’s things like this that stunt the growth of our best prospects and hurt the USMNT.

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    • The guy just signed a multiyear deal in February 2019. FWIW even if it was merely a business decision to turn down the offers, his contractual situation would have financial expectations in transfer with any other team ie you pay more for someone I have for years more.

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  2. Everyone has a price, and his probably wasn’t met and they will be back. I’m guessing all the offers so far have been less than $6 Million ?

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      • They kept him back when he was at his peak going to Juventus which was a year and a half before they finally let him go. So nice try trying to be a smart ass it did not work.

    • Yet Long who is in MLS is playing better now than EPB and he has clearly improved more. MLS is as good as or better than the 2nd tier leagues in Europe. The thing MLS misses most is an overly critical press.

      In the US those covering soccer desperately want MLS and soccer in the US to flourish, so they are loathe to trash most coaches, players or teams. Even Bradley and Altidore have had a rather gentle go of it compared to what would have been the case were they national team stars in some European country.

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