Everton Made Unsuccessful Bid For Landon Donovan On Transfer Window Deadline Day
It has now come out that Everton made a final bid for Landon Donovan but it was declined by the Los Angeles Galaxy. Everton seemed the only realistic option if Donovan were to leave the Galaxy but the deal never happened. It’s unclear how much the Galaxy were asking for (rumored to be aroudn $16 million or around 10 million pounds) or if they would even accept any offer.
It is clear that Donovan would have accepted a transfer after his very successful loan stint in Everton last winter. Another loan deal could happen, especially if there are injury concerns at Goodison Park, this upcoming winter as Donovan does have a clause in his contract that allows this.
A permanent move for Donovan to Europe is still not out of the question and could likely be dependent on the outcome of the current MLS season. If the Galaxy are able to win the 2010 MLS Cup, then it’s possible the club will be more likely to cash in during the offseason. Another factor affecting a possible deal would be if the Galaxy are able to sign a player like Ronaldinho next year (was rumored this season but could happen next summer) to replace Donovan.
At this point, it doesn’t seem that Donovan will leave the Galaxy on any permanent deal if they didn’t make a move after the 2010 World Cup. His price tag for a transfer will likely only drop at this point as he’s not getting any younger and won’t attract a lot of attention worldwide while playing in MLS.
Ironically, Donovan will likely have a role similar to what Beckham has done which is to play most of the MLS regular season and then join a club in Europe during the off-season (winter months).
What do you think of this news? Are the LA Galaxy and/or MLS not willing to let Donovan transfer to a side like Everton a bad move? Would they actually benefit by having one of their top players go to one of the top leagues in the world? Or is it just not fair and a bad publicity move to not let Donovan move to Everton?