It’s getting to be that time of year when there are transfer rumors left and right about players around the world being linked with moves to bigger clubs, being linked with moves to smaller clubs, and being linked with moves abroad. This summer it looks like one of the players likely to be at the center of a number of rumors is Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown. The 20 year old homegrown has only made 10 league appearances for Sporting’s first team, but has impressed greatly at the youth international level, he captained and won the Golden Ball (MVP award) at the CONCACAF U20 Championships earlier this year as the USA won the tournament. Palmer-Brown then captained the US U20 team at the World Cup as they advanced to the quarterfinals where they fell to eventual runners up, Venezuela 2-1 in extra time.
With those performances, it has brought out more interest in Palmer-Brown, there were the rumors last week about Paris Saint-Germain being interested in acquiring him, and the list of teams has only grown since then. Reports out of France though have Palmer-Brown’s agent saying that there have been no discussions with the French club. In the same article though Palmer-Brown’s agent says that they have received two offers from teams in the Netherlands and in Belgium and that there is also interest from two French clubs in Palmer-Brown’s services.
More rumors came out today that reinforce the interest in the center back as Kristian Dyer is reporting that Dutch club, Ajax and Porto, where Palmer-Brown spent the parts of the last two seasons on loan with Porto B, are the favorites to land Palmer-Brown. Citing a source, Dyer also added to the list of potential landing spots for Palmer-Brown, with the previously mentioned Ajax, PSG, and Porto being joined by Chelsea, PSV, and Betis. With the potential move to Chelsea, it would involve a loan immediately to Dutch side, Vitesse where fellow American, Matt Miazga was on loan last season. A potential move to Manchester City would see him also head out on loan to the Dutch league according to Dyer, but to NAC Breda.
On Monday this week, Peter Vermes denied that any team had contacted him regarding Palmer-Brown, which turns the situation into a question of who is telling the truth. This seems to only be the start of what looks to be a very busy summer in terms of rumors for Palmer-Brown.