- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 25, 2008
- 2 Comments
- FC Steaua Bucure?ti, Juan Toja, Summer Transfers
The last 48 hours or so have been an absolute mess in the Juan Toja transfer to Romanian side Steaua Bucharest. Some reports say a deal is done, some now say the deal has hit a wall and some reports are apparently totally fake.
SO what really is going on here?
Apparently the second of those three things seems to be the one that is actually taking place. FC Dallas has Toja under contract for another two years at a nice price of $150,000. Apparently the offers from Steaua haven’t been enough for the club’s liking. It makes sense for the club to stall on this deal over money because they will want to get the most bang for their buck out of the two-time All-Star.
Late last night, Toja said he is still very interested in the move but confirmed to Ives Galarcep that the deal was not yet final.
“People talk a lot and I’ve tried to make it clear that while it is a great opportunity and we’re trying to get it done, nothing is certain yet,” Toja told SBI after the MLS All-Star Game. “The truth is nothing has happened and nothing has been signed so until something is signed then we don’t know what will happen.”
Despite all the reports in the Romanian press and some here in the Big D, the deal pretty much seems to be on par with what FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was saying Wednesday. That day seemed to be the craziest of all with reports from all over saying everything from yes to no and probably anything else in between (I don’t speak Romanian so I wouldn’t really know about some of that stuff!).
One report apparently was fake, so the club’s team blog responded to it while the local paper ran a story saying the deal was pretty much complete. Then you have FIFA saying the deal is near completion with quotes from Toja saying he’s reach an agreement with Steaua.
So do the math right? This is enough to make anyone’s head hurt. I still believe the righting is on the wall though and that Toja will be transfering out of MLS here in the coming week.
I don’t blame Dallas at all for stalling on the price though, they have every reason to do that sort of thing here. From what I’ve been told the club is looking for a transfer fee of at least $1 million, if not a bit more. The price that is currently being offers is just a mere $700,000.
I would still love to see Toja stay too, and after last night’s All-Star game I think it may be safe to say that we are starting to see the same Toja that we all feel in love with last season. He only played 45 minutes last night but was very effective as a starter on the wings for the MLS All-Stars. I think its mostly been about determination this year with Toja, and it looks like that has returned to him here.
But like I said the writing is mostly on the wall with this move for me. What about you? Still think Toja is gone here or will this just drag on into nothing?