Report: Donovan weighing European offers


Will he stay or will he go? That question is following Landon Donovan around wherever he goes.

Donovan, who signed a new contract with MLS last year, told Reuters at Wednesday night's All-Star game that he is considering offers from overseas. The 28-year-old has attracted interest during what has arguably been the most successful year of his professional career. Rumors have linked Donovan from a range of clubs from England to Italy.

Whether or not MLS will receive the right offer remains the biggest obstacle, as a bid will be required in order for Donovan to go anywhere. And it would have to meet both the Galaxy and MLS' ideal range.

What do you think? Will Donovan leave? Should he stay in MLS? Where do you want to see him go?

Share your thoughts below.

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85 Responses to Report: Donovan weighing European offers

  1. Boston Tim says:

    Go to EVERTON!

  2. Paul says:

    Totally depends where he goes. He’s too old to waste his time in some backwater league like Sweden or Greece. If he can find a decent club in the Big Four leagues, he should go.

  3. Jonathan says:

    you obviously don’t watch a lot of soccer/football. Donovan to Sweden or Greece??? Oh my, next time, just don’t bother posting, it will save me keystrokes.

  4. says:

    Puhleaaaase. Donovan would never go to lower league. He knows what he needs to succeed: No language barrier, full support from the coach and teammates, and games. Everton is obviously the first choice but we all know they can not afford the MLS asking price. I wonder if Donvan can buy out the part of the transfer fee Everton can’t afford. Or maybe one of his sponsors can like Nike. Hmm…

  5. Johnny B says:

    Everton is the ideal spot to land but do they and are they willing to pay what the MLS wants for Donovan. A BIG team in for Donovan where he will have a tougher time getting onto to the field might be the only parties willing to overpay, and there in lies the problem. The question has to be would you rather sit the bench @ Man City and be spare parts or be a star in the USA

    Small fish in a big pond or big fish in a small pond?

    All of this is complicated by the fact that Donovan has reunited with his wife who by the way works in L.A.

    If Donovan goes my best advice would be go all out in every training, game, etc., and to wear a rubber.

  6. B 16 says:

    Which Serie A clubs have shown interest? I still like him returning to Everton for
    full season(s). Does this mean Garber has set a transfer price Euro clubs are willing to
    listen to?

  7. Daniel says:

    Everton did seem like a nice fit for Donovan. He gave that team a real boost. They looked like contenders with him in the lineup. Plus, it was fun rooting for Howard and Donovan at the same time. Everton would be a good fit.

  8. MattinMemphis says:

    Premier League or bust. The guy would be too lonely in a country that speaks anything other than English.

    Here’s hoping for Everton. I also think he’d be a good fit at Aston Villa with Milner leaving, but I haven’t heard of any interest there.

  9. jcl says:


  10. A Guest says:

    “If Donovan goes my best advice would be go all out in every training, game, etc., and to wear a rubber.”

    I think that would be uncomfortable during training and games.

  11. J Mascis says:

    LA LIGA! Barca just got a new loan from the bank…

  12. dman says:


    DITTO! They love him there and he’ll succeed

  13. Pablo Chicago says:

    I think LD has already checked out and I wouldn’t be surprised if MLS has already reached a tentative agreement with his new club.

  14. Pat says:

    I hope he goes back to Everton, or at the very least the EPL. A move overseas is the right one for him.

    On the other hand, it’s a horrible move for the MLS. From a Red Bull standpoint, prior to the Henry signing, Galaxy game was the only Red Bull Arena game nearly sold out (now sold out due to Henry). I have no doubt that Donovan is one of the biggest reasons why it was nearly sold out. Heck, it’s why I got tickets. The offer that MLS receives would have to make up for all the lost ticket revenue and then some, should they allow Donovan to depart.

  15. A.S. says:

    God, this is getting worse then Brett Favre. Enough of this “weighing offers” blah blah blah. Just make a decision already! Sheesh.

  16. RNG says:

    He is fluent in Spanish

  17. Lil' Theke says:

    He doeth thpeak thpanish

  18. jake says:

    Just say no to ManCity!
    Go back to Everton Landon!

  19. chupacabra says:

    A rubber is also uncomfortable during sex, so . . .

  20. Madaoua05 says:

    First, he wouldn’t be too lonely in any non-English speaking country. The guy speaks fluent Spanish. Haven’t you seen any of Landon’s Ganagol commercials that Ives posts here?

    Second, and I’m shocked that I’m saying this, I don’t think that he should go to Europe. He should stay in the US. Landon is a household name in America today (to pilfer from Bill Simmons, Landon passed my Grandma Test…meaning that my 82 year old grandma actually knows who he is). He may not be on par with LeBron, Jeter, and Peyton, but he’s easily on the same tier as Drew Brees, DWade, and Big Papi.

    Now if you couple his own popularity with the growing MLS name both in the US and overseas (thanks to Thierry, Marquez, Ronaldinho, and Raul) then the perfect storm is created here that he shouldn’t pass up. He’s making great money in the US and he’s got huuuuge endorsement possibilities here.

    I liken Landon’s decision to Queen James’ decision of a few weeks ago. Landon could make the easy choice (a la going to the Heat) and head across the pond where he’d be paired with better talent and would be paid more. Or he could make a more difficult choice and stay in the MLS where, it wouldn’t be the sexiest choice, but he would solidify his place in the hearts of all American fans as the greatest American soccer player of all time. And he’d do that by showcasing his talents in front of his own fans.

  21. DC Josh says:

    This isn’t a newsworthy topic. Donovan will leave. The only problem is can a club afford his $12-15 million price tag? MLS could even price him at $20 million.

  22. Denver Omelette says:

    At this point in his career he is not going to get much better, if at all. This would have been nice 6 years ago. As of right now I think he is more beneficial to the growth and development of US Soccer if he stays in LA, sadly.

  23. DC Josh says:

    He would become the greatest American soccer player of all time by succeeding in Europe. It is a gaping hole in his resume. He has all ready won everything in MLS. He can come back after Brazil 2014.

    If he didn’t go to Everton last season, I’d bet he wouldn’t be the same player he is now. He gained more confidence from those 10 games in Merseyside than from an entire year in MLS.

  24. ampfh mexcity says:

    Does anyone care? The WC is over and he’ll be too old to do much in the next one. I’m all about the future, so I’m more interested in what guys like Tim Ream & Danny Cruz are up to.

  25. Stephen says:

    You also have to keep in mind exchange rates. As of right now, 8 million British pounds would be $12 million US. It is about 9 million (and change) Euros for $12 million $US.

    I think Donovan is valued at $10-12 million US. So expect offers around that range in Europe.

  26. babablacksheep says:

    agree, but its not gonna happen

  27. Denver Omelette says:

    Sorry, but Donovan is not worth anything close to 20 million. Arshavin went for just over 20 million and he is a league above Donovan.

  28. DC Josh says:

    I never thought about Villa Park. If Milner leaves for the suspected 24 million pounds City are willing to spend on him, then that leaves Villa with plenty to spend on Donovan, who is only a few years older and a much better player than Milner.

  29. inkedAG says:

    Premier League is the best bet. I’d like to see Landon succeed in Europe.

  30. RK says:

    Or Switzerland or Turkey.

  31. fischy says:

    I think MLS may agree. I think they’d definitely like to have him as a marquee player to market this year’s MLS Cup. Their wet dream would be Donovan and Beckham against Henry and Marquez. Then sell Donovan, after the season. Of course, that would seriously undercut the price they could get for him…so, it’s a tough call for the league.

  32. EA says:

    Lulz. Yes, he’s clearly reached a plateau in his career.

  33. DC Josh says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they price him at $20 million. I don’t agree with it at all. He is worth no more than $12 million as a player. But they believe he attracts big crowds, sponsors, etc.

  34. EA says:

    +1 if there is an attempt at sarcasm

    -50 if not

  35. Richard says:

    lmao nice

  36. DC Josh says:

    Landon can run a sub-5 minute mile. He is in phenomenal shape and will only be 32 in 2014. He will be a part of the team, probably captain. Only time will tell.

  37. Richard says:

    yea, hopefully thats sarcasm…
    he’ll have a different role, but he’ll still be running the strings imo

  38. Aaron in StL says:

    Whoever comes in for Donovan is going to have to get creative. With the new 25 man roster, maybe the winning bidder could send 2 or 3 guys that don’t make the 25 cut and aren’t injured to MLS for 6 month or year loans (assuming it’s an EPL team).

    I think the dollar amount will be too high, but some other creative ideas may help.. although it’s not like he’ll go to a Man City, United, Chelsea, etc. that would have a few big names not making the roster.

  39. amph mexcity says:

    The national team talent pool is bigger than I thought! I can run a 5 minute mile, and I’m 37.

  40. Carone says:

    Man, this story again?????

  41. Clayton says:

    As much as I want to see him play in MLS every season … I think he should go back to Everton. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in an Arsenal uniform either.

    I loved hearing those ‘USA USA’ chants from across the pond.

    He should do a 30 min special on ‘The Decision’ and sell sponsorship – ha, just kidding. Good luck Lando

  42. Josh D says:

    They don’t have anywhere near the cash MLS is going to ask for.

  43. Madaoua05 says:

    I don’t understand the process that European teams go through to determine the value of a talent. Jozy was worth $10 million to Villareal as an unproven 18 year old. Yet Landon, who is a legitimate world player, isn’t valued at more that $12 million? As Martin Lawrence said, ‘Damn Geena’.

    I understand that Landon is older than Jozy and has less tread on his tires, but if I’m the MLS then there is no way that I’m going to ask for basically the same amount for Landon as Jozy.

  44. MattinMemphis says:

    I’m not bold enough to say he’s better, just different. Milner’s vision and spacing are fantastic for Villa. One thing Lando has over Milner is he’s a bit more explosive from a dead stop. They both can play mid and wing. It would seem like a good transition, and Villa would come out of the deal with money depending on Lando’s contract. I’m also a fan of Martin O’neill. Seems like a fair guy.

    Still just a hope. I’d prefer him at Everton, but I enjoy Villa. Him and Gabby/Carew hooking up would be awesome. Plus Friedel is there.

  45. Mr. X says:

    Tottenham. They have no one that seems to know how to score a pk, and they are somehow enamoured with Milner. Donovan is better, and more importantly, cheaper.

  46. ricky9 says:

    Donovan’s 28, now is when he grows a pair and says he interested in offers from abroad?…. Just stay in the safe haven now dude.

  47. A Guest says:

    Really? Source?

  48. A Guest says:

    Never mind. Thinking about it, I flirted with breaking 5m in 8th grade, and I was just a scrub.

  49. FulhamPete says:

    I think Donovan should kick in some of his MLS money package to augment his own transfer fee, so he can go to Everton. If he really wants to go, he should put his money where his mouth is.

    I’m still 50-50 on whether he WANTS to go, particularly looking at the possibility of playing in a Beckham-Donovan-Ronaldinho-Stephens midfield.

  50. Spectra says:


  51. K-Town says:

    COYB! Pony up some money and bring him back. Gotta say that Villa wouldn’t be too bad either. I could see him there. If not EPL, then La Liga. But for the love of all things sacred, DO NOT GO BACK TO THE BUNDESLIGA! I love the Bundesliga, but LD, it just hasn’t worked out for you there.

  52. Alex G says:

    God I wish he goes somewhere else, MLS is not up to his standards, anywhere but MLS, I am so dissapointed in yesterdays result.

  53. jig says:

    legitimate world power? by what measure?

  54. Josh D says:

    Why?! We want him reproducing like mad for our future!!

  55. aded says:

    where ever he goes please not Man City with ll those duch liks

  56. Nicole says:

    Donovan has NOT reunited with his wife.

  57. Nicole says:

    You could always not read it…or better yet, skip the part where you chime in.

  58. Mingjai says:

    I only want him reproducing like mad if it’s with someone with soccer in their genes. I wonder if Landon’s future club-mates have sisters they could introduce to him…

  59. adam says:

    Call me skeptical but I don’t believe any team will pay the silly money LA and MLS are looking for and Donovan will be an MLSer for life.

    I hope otherwise and would love to see him go to Everton but they surely won’t pay the kind of money MLS are asking.

  60. Mingjai says:

    Although, it should be noted that when it was all on the line, Donovan scored more against Slovenia in 90 minutes than Arshavin did in 180.

  61. FulhamPete says:

    read again, amigo.

  62. Dennis the Filth Digger says:

    “I’m 37, I’m not old”

  63. Goalscorer24 says:

    He needs to go!

  64. Brett says:

    It doesn’t matter what he is considering. The league and his club own his rights. They are the ones weighing offers, not Donovan.

  65. Raymon says:

    Anyone know what the rumored Serie A (I hope it’s Serie A) Italy clubs are that are interested?

  66. kfly says:

    I’ve actually heard there’s interest in an Estonian team; they have a sweet flag so I wouldn’t mind seeing him go there. I’ve also heard Armenia, but I don’t think that’s likely. It’d be cool, though- I’m of Armenian descent.

  67. Spaniard says:

    thats downright racithhht.

  68. Villain-from-Texas says:

    Donovan couldn’t replace Milner. They’re different players. Milner excelled for as a central midfielder; Donovan wouldn’t play there.

    That said, I would love to have Donovan on Villa. He would be an improvement over Downing. A wing tandem of Young and Donovan would be fantastic.

  69. A Guest says:

    He has considerable personal means by now. He likes an offer, he can kick in some of his own dough for the buyout. So you’re about 2/3 correct.

  70. Other Paul says:

    You have tarnished the good name of all the Pauls from around the world. Nice work.

  71. Nicole says:

    Word has it that some of his Galaxy teammates are saying this Sunday’s game vs. Chicago could be his last home game.

  72. BetaMale says:

    He’s not going anywhere, at least no where permanently. I bet he’ll go to Everton on loan and return to the MLS like he did last season.

    That’s the best scenario. MLS wins, Landon wins, Everton wins, Euro snob fans win.

  73. Johnny B says:

    Are you sure about that or is she just a star effer so she could be on his arm at the espys?

  74. war says:

    We could just give Ashley Cole free VIP cards to LA clubs. Any kids Ronaldo has he’ll keep.

  75. Mike says:

    I really go both ways with this one.

    Before I was firmly in the “if you’re good enough to play in Europe, you must leave” camp. But now I’m not so sure.

    He’s 28 yrs old and is a big draw in the MLS. His name recognition might bring more value in ticket sales and other promotional material than the 10MM he can bring back in a transfer.

    If he was 25 yrs old it’s a no brainer, you must move on to bigger and better things.

    I also wonder why everyone just assumes he’s going to get a lot of playing time with Everton. Yes he did very well last year but at the time Everton was decimated with injuries and in search of something fresh.

    That is a damm good side when everyone is fit. Probably not enough to crack the top 4, but they are very, very solid. They were killed with injuries last year.

  76. MattinMemphis says:

    Point taken. Milner does play a true center mid, whereas Lando seems just attacking when he’s in mid. He also can get lost there, and Milner’s read on the game in that spot is superb. I obviously like Donovan as a winger as well. He just seems natural there.

    As a casual Villa fan, him going over there would get me to commit fully to an EPL team. I’ve always loved Carew too. ESPN showed a decent amount of Villa games last season, and I really came to enjoy their style of play. The whole team seems to play with heart, and it made Milner’s request to leave have me shaking my head in confusion. Seems like he wants a guarantee in playing CL.

    Everton would do the trick as well, but I’ve given up the ghost on that hope considering Moyes has been an open book about it.

  77. A Knight who says Ni says:


  78. Gene says:

    I think he should go to Everton. I don’t know what competing $$ offers the league has for him, but from his football perspective, he seems to be the guy who strives best when he is in a comfortable environment. He did pretty decently at Everton, the fans and teammates liked him, and he would get playing time there.

    And MLS should attempt to get fair value for Donovan, but they should forget the ridiculous demands. Donovan is a very good player, but his value to MLS is higher than to Everton or to any other suitor. They need to recognize that, note the fact that Donovan had been a good company men for them for years, and make a good-faith attempt to accomodate his desire to go to Europe.

  79. DC Josh says:

    Wish I could remember. It was one of the many articles I read online when they were in the World Cup camp. But I remember it saying him and Michael Bradley both can run sub-5 minutes miles because it blew my mind. It also said Sacha Kjlestian was one of the fittest players. They all ran in the same group together during the first week of camp.

  80. Raymon says:

    Since we dont know what the Italy clubs are, this is a purely hypothetical question:

    Everton over any of Inter, ACM, or Juve?

  81. Javi says:

    Tired of these stories…Slap in the face to LA and MLS…Bring on Ronaldinho!!!

  82. Philly Josh says:

    He’s good- but not Barca good.

  83. mark from la says:

    Arshavin does not make his teammates better, and his form dropped towards the end of last season. Donovan is a true playmaker, who can hit amazing passes and crosses 97% as good as Beckham in his prime.

    Arshavin’s technical skills are better, yes, but the two players are closer in overall effectiveness than you think.

  84. mark from la says:

    He should go to Europe if he can. There’s more money and better games. Period. He can always come back if it doesn’t work out. Who gives a s*** about how it impacts his Q rating or whatnot?

    What is the matter with you people who think otherwise?