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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.Embed from Getty Images
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.
Who will be Kevin-Prince Boateng’s next club? Should the New York Red Bulls swoop quickly?
Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is the latest high profile name to be linked with a move to Major League Soccer this summer, with the New York Red Bulls reportedly closing in on his signature.
Boateng currently plays for Bundesliga side Schalke 04, and although he has one year left on his current deal, he is not set to return to the club next season and is exploring options with Turkish side Galatasaray and New York Red Bulls both interested, according to Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.
The link to the Red Bulls was reaffirmed by Metro New York‘s Kristian Dyer yesterday as he reported that the club has placed a discovery claim on the playmaker.
That would suggest the Red Bulls are certainly keen on acquiring Boateng if the opportunity presents itself and the former Tottenham and AC Milan man could join in the summer if a deal is agreed.Embed from Getty Images
It’s not the first time Kevin-Prince Boateng’s name has been linked with MLS as his fiancee, American model Melissa Satta, claimed a move was a real possibility back in November.
At 28, Boateng has lots of football ahead of him and would be an excellent signing as the Red Bulls look to add a second designated player to the squad to join Bradley Wright-Phillips.
The Ghana international has played against the US Men’s National Team at the past two World Cup’s for the Black Stars and can operate anywhere across midfield, or in attack, giving the club a versatile option should they wish to sign him.
Would Kevin-Prince Boateng be a good signing for the New York Red Bulls?
Boateng has struggled to find a regular starting role in the Schalke side so far this season, playing in just seven of the Bundesliga side’s 12 league games.
And he is believed to looking at other options despite having more than a year remaining on his current contract.Embed from Getty Images
The 27-year-old playmaker has moved clubs six times in seven years, playing in England, Germany and Italy but could be heading to the US to join MLS if his fiancee Melissa Satta is to be believed.
“He is still playing for many years. In the future we will probably move again. Maybe Kevin will play in the MLS,” she said.
The dynamic midfielder is undoubtedly talented, and it is intriguing to see a player in the prime of his career being linked with a switch to America.
And although it is unlikely we’ll see Boateng playing in MLS anytime soon, it is certainly something to keep a close eye on going forward.
Would Kevin-Prince Boateng be a good capture for MLS?