By DAN KARELL
One of the world’s biggest clubs has reportedly made a bid for an American defender.
Juventus, three-time defending Serie A champions, made a transfer offer worth $1 million for Sporting Kansas City Homegrown signing Erik Palmer-Brown, though Sporting KC rejected the offer, according to a report in Sports Illustrated. A source close to the situation told SBI that there is definite interest from abroad in the 16-year-old defender, though they didn’t confirm whether or not there had been a transfer bid.
Neither Sporting KC or Juventus have commented publicly on the report.
Palmer-Brown is already a member of Sporting KC’s first team training sessions and was recently called into U.S. Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos’ training camp after spending time with the Under-18s in Florida. The report states that Juventus scouts saw him playing and training with the U.S. youth national teams.
What do you think of this report? Excited that foreign clubs are interested in young Americans? Do you see Palmer-Brown playing a bigger role in Sporting KC’s first team next season? What does this say about our development system here in the U.S.?
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