AJ Soares to return to MLS with New England as Serie A switch stalls – report

AJ Soares and his European dream might be coming to an end before it has even started as the defender’s proposed move to Serie A side Hellas Verona has stalled, as New England Soccer Today confirmed.

Soares’ contract with the New England Revolution came to an end at the culmination of the last campaign and he was all set to join Verona as reports suggested back in December.

But that has not happened and the closure of the January transfer window on Monday night means that the chances of a move going through now are significantly slimmer. That’s because clubs are much less likely to invest in new signings outside of transfer windows in Europe.

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As Soares is a free agent he could still join Hellas Verona this month up to the end of February if a deal can be renegotiated, but Rafael Marquez could be the man standing in the way of the 26-year-old’s Italian job.

Former Barcelona and New York Red Bulls centre-back Rafael Marquez currently plays for Verona after joining back in August but has a mind boggling clause in his contract that could be the reason behind the stalling of Soares’ deal.

The clause reportedly states that Marquez would be given a significant pay rise if the Italian club were to sign another defender. So if AJ Soares were to join, Verona would have to trigger that clause.

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However, the club did bring in right-back Eros Pisano on Monday on loan for the season. The clause in Marquez’ contract has not been triggered so either it doesn’t exist, or the fact that Pisano was signed on loan means it doesn’t count. There is also the possibility that because he is a right-back, the clause may come into play if a central defender joins them.

Either way, Soares does not look like he will be moving to Hellas Verona after all and a return to MLS with the New England Revolution could be on the cards.

The Revs still retain his MLS rights so he would be automatically re-added to their squad if he were to return to America for 2015.

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