A newspaper in Greece has posted an image of their front page on their website which features a headline claiming Sporting Kansas City has agreed to sell Dom Dwyer to Olympiacos FC for €4.5 million, pending approval from the player.
Recently, reports came out saying the Greek champion had extended an offer of €2.7 million ($3 millon), but Peter Vermes and company were not interested at that price. If this report is to be believed, the club clearly called back with a much bigger offer.
However it should be noted that when you navigate to this newspaper's homepage, there is a differing report. There is a story claiming Olympiacos has made a €4.5 million bid for Gia Gonzalez, and no mention of Dwyer anywhere.
Dom is leading the team with ten goals after a brace last week against Seattle. He is only two goals off the league lead and perhaps looked the best he has looked all year this past Sunday. With SKC right in the thick of a packed Western Conference playoff race, this loss would be devastating. Several teams are within a few points of each other trying to claw their way into the playoffs. KC is in 4th place at the moment, but the margins are so thin in Major League Soccer. Without their starting striker, a team can miss a few big opportunities and find themselves below the red line very quickly.
This move would mean that with about a year left in the process, Dwyer would not be able to go through the proper steps to qualify him to play for the United States. Playing in a World Cup is obviously something he wants very much and he's expressed interest in making himself available for Jurgen Klinsmann. To make things more complicated, Dom and Sydney are expecting their first child soon. Sydney was just traded to KC and they are starting a life here.
But this is a business. Olympiacos play in the Champion's League. It is a lot of money. The reasons to go are obvious. If he wants to challenge himself, then good for him.
Sporting KC would still technically have time to pick up another a replacement before the window closes on August 3rd. You never know.. maybe Trader Pete already has something cooking.
Peter Vermes has told us there is "no truth" to the report.