New York Red Bulls have been handed a boost as Kevin-Prince Boateng has been released from his Schalke 04 contract with ‘immediate effect’, despite having a year left to run on his deal, but the Red Bulls will need to act fast.
Boateng, along with Sidney Sam, both have felt the consequences of a below-par season as they both were released following a 2-0 loss against Cologne at the weekend.
Schalke general manager Horst Heldt described the release as a ‘consequence’ and went on to say: “If a player is not willing to do what we ask, then he will not be at the next training session.”
The Red Bulls, who picked up a 2-1 win against New York City FC on Sunday night, are free to approach the Ghanaian international as he is now unattached.
Reports resurfaced linking Boateng with a move to Major League Soccer on Friday, with the Red Bulls believed to have placed a discovery claim of the playmaker, meaning they would have priority in signing him if he does move stateside.
They will face competition for Boateng’s signature however, as he is also being linked with a move to Turkish side Galatasaray.
The MLS transfer window shuts on Tuesday and won’t reopen until July 8 so there is a possibility that the Red Bulls will make a move for Boateng in the next 24 hours.
Boateng would provide another asset to an already strong Red Bulls side that has flourished so far in 2015, losing just once.
And with two spare designated player spots open, the Red Bulls are the favourites for the former Spurs and AC Milan man’s signature.
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