Goal.com is reporting that Chelsea are looking to buy Landon Donovan this summer. The Blues will most likely lose Joe Cole to Manchester United on a free transfer during the off season, and are looking to replace him with the American midfielder.
The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Landon Donovan, fresh off two good performances, is already talking about trying to extend his loan deal at Everton.
“The future is out of my control. I want to enjoy this experience. That means I show up for training and I’m ready. I show up for the game and I’m ready.
“But who knows what will happen in the future. Football’s funny and you never know what could happen.
“If I look back after 10 weeks and say I really want to stay then maybe I can make that happen. If I say OK it was good, but I’m ready to go then I can go, but for now I’m taking it week by week.”
Soccer By Ives is reporting that the Landon Donovan short-term loan to Everton is complete. It will last three months and Donovan will return to the Galaxy in time for the start of the MLS season. I wish this deal was for longer, but I think it’s a great move for him.
French website Le10sport is reporting that Landon Donovan will be moving to Paris-Saint-Germain on a season-long loan after the conclusion of the MLS season. We’ll see if this turns out to be true, but it sounds like a great move to me.
Soccer By Ives is reporting that Gazzeta dello Sport is reporting that Livorno is reporting that they are planning to put in a bid for Donovan to MLS. For those unfamiliar with Livorno, they earned promotion to the Serie A last year. Although they are not historically good (before the 2004-05, they had not taken part in the top flight since 1949), they have emerged as a respectable club over the past several years, even participating in the UEFA Cup during the 2006-07 season.
The question is: is this a good move for Donovan? First of all, we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. No bid has been placed. MLS are likely going to demand a hefty fee. In other words, this deal is far from done. That caveat aside, I could really go either way on this one. Donovan has dominated MLS about as much as any player can be expected to. It’s time for a new challenge. While I’m a fan of the Serie A, I think Landon is worthy of a better club–after all, Livorno could very easily end up in a relegation battle next season. It would also be nice to see Donovan step into a club that qualified for European competition in the upcoming season–not so big that he’ll struggle for minutes, but big enough that he will train with quality players and get those extra cup matches. That’s my take. Feel free to share yours below.