After a strong showing at the World Cup which included an excellent performance as a substitute against Belgium in USA’s Round of 16 loss, outside back Deandre Yedlin is set for a move to Serie A side AS Roma.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the deal is virtually done and will allow Yedlin to finish out the season for the Seattle Sounders before joining the team. Roma will buy Yedlin but immediately loan him back to Seattle to make the transaction work on paper.
Roma, of course, used to employ the services of USA midfield maestro Michael Bradley until selling him to Toronto FC of MLS this past season. Their American ownership group clearly has an interest in bringing in some American players after their hugely popular run in Brazil, and the 20-year-old Yedlin was clearly one of the breakout stars.
There’s no word on the transfer fee, but given Yedlin’s age and talent it could be upwards of $10 million. The move will certainly make coach Jürgen Klinsmann a very happy man, as he has advocated that his players join to the top European leagues to help with their development.