- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 17, 2012
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- Features, Michael Ballack
German international midfielder Michael Ballack could be close to joining a Major League Soccer team. Sources close to Goal.com say the midfielder is in “deep negotiations” with the league.
Sources from both sides have confirmed that MLS Executive VP Todd Durbin initiated talks that would bring the former Germany captain and current Bayer Leverkusen midfielder to North America. A source close to the player revealed that Durbin listed five teams interested in bringing Ballack onboard, including New York, Montreal, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle.
Of those clubs a couple don’t make a ton of sense. I believe Philadelphia lacks any open international spots on their roster.
Ballack is looking for an annual salary within the range of Thierry Henry’s $5.5 million and David Beckham’s $6.5 million and would prefer to play for a team that can potentially win the MLS Cup this season. So that may knock New York, Montreal and Chicago out of the running here for him (no offense to those three clubs but come on, we know how deep the Western Conference is right now)*.
Ballack has the option of terminating his current contract with Bayern Leverkusen but the report says he is looking to finish out that contract that goes to this summer.
I’ve always been a fan of Ballack so seeing this news is pretty nice but I do worry about the contract itself with the league. If he is making Henry/Beckham money but is only putting forth a so-so effort in the last two years of his career then I’d pass on this move for any MLS side.
* Sarcasm folks…don’t take that comment too seriously here.