- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 15, 2008
- 4 Comments
- Glasgow Rangers, Maurice Edu, Summer Transfers
It sounds as though Maurice Edu will be heading to Europe after all.
According to Ives Galarcep, MLS and Toronto FC have accepted a $5 million transfer fee for Edu from Glasgow Rangers. Edu is still finalizing personal terms with Rangers, but a deal is expected to be completed soon. All this comes just in time for the summer transfer window to close at the end of the day.
Tough break really for Toronto but in all honesty they will bounce back from losing one of their best players. Over this past season they’ve gotten quite accustom to not having Edu in the line up for various international call-ups. It never helps losing a player like Edu but gaining that kind of transfer fee can surely help soften the blow.
I think both MLS and Toronto knew that that transfer fee mark was about as high as they would be able to get for Edu. A defensive midfielder is a tough position to gauge in terms of pay in my opinion. It isn’t a flashy position and it doesn’t always come with a lot of goals. I would argue though that it is one of the toughest positions to play on the field and probably one of the most underrated positions (yes I spent time in the defensive part of the midfield in my playing days so I have a bit of a biased opinion on the spot).
Edu joins Jozy Altidore ($10 million move to Villarreal) and Brad Guzan ($1.5 million move to Aston Villa) on the list of MLS standouts to make moves to Europe this summer.
I guess the next guy in line for a move over across the pond would have to be Chivas USA midfielder Sasha Kljestan or maybe even a guy like Houston Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden. Both have had solid campaigns on the international stage at the Olympics here recently.
What do you all move of this move? And who do you see leaving MLS next in the winter?