Sporting KC defender Erik Palmer-Brown set to seal Juventus switch

Sporting Kansas City look set to lose their first ever homegrown player as Erik Palmer-Brown is close to joining Italian giants Juventus, according to the club’s CEO Robb Heineman.

Palmer-Brown became Sporting Kansas City’s youngest ever player when he signed his first professional contract in August 2013, aged just 16, and made his debut last May in a game to forget against Chicago Fire.

The 17-year-old centre-back gave away a penalty before being sent off for two yellow cards in his first MLS appearance last season but that hasn’t stopped Serie A leaders, Juventus pursuing the young American.

Erik Palmer-Brown Sporting Kansas City

The Turin-based side were linked with a move for Palmer-Brown and reportedly had a $1 million bid rejected, though Sporting KC look to have now agreed to a deal that would see the US Under-20 defender stay in MLS for the time being.

“I’d say it’s an 80-20 thing that it will happen,” Heineman said. “I think they’re interested. I think the player is interested in going there.

“I think the way it would work out, there’s probably a likelihood that we would still retain him as a player, even if they had ownership of his rights.”

Juventus have already been involved in transfer dealings with MLS this winter as they agreed to sell Sebastian Giovinco to Toronto FC and they now look set to bolster their defence of the future with the addition of Palmer-Brown.

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Another season, at least, in MLS with Sporting KC would give the promising American the chance to further improve before moving to Juventus, though a deal is expected to be agreed between the two clubs in the near future.

Palmer-Brown became the youngest ever player to start a game in defence when he made his debut last year and the departure of Aurelien Collin to Orlando City this offseason should give the 17-year-old centre-back more opportunities to improve.

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