After an extremely impressive World Cup campaign with the USA, MLS defender Matt Besler is reportedly a wanted man across Europe.
Despite a hamstring injury forcing him off at half-time of the 2-1 opening win over Ghana, Besler returned in time for the 2-2 draw against Portugal, as the USA would go on to defy all pre-tournament predictions by progressing from the so-called 'Group of Death'.
Putting in arguably his best performance of the summer in the spirited 2-1 extra-time defeat to Belgium in the last 16, the 27-year-old has duly attracted attention from abroad, including from England, and his club Sporting Kansas City have admitted they may have a tough time keeping hold of their star centre-back.
‘We’ll try to do everything we can to retain our guys, particularly guys like Matt that are so core to our team,’ club CEO Robb Heineman said.
‘But sometimes guys are going to have aspirations to do different things. If that’s the case, we try to do something that’s mutually beneficial to both the player and the club.’
In the interview with the Kansas City Star, Heineman also acknowledged that there was 'enormous interest' in both their captain and fellow USA teammate Graham Zusi from various overseas teams, with the player’s agent, Eddie Rock, stating that a deal could even happen within the next 10 days.
The 2012 MLS Defender of the Year, Besler has been arguably the top centre-back in the league since being drafted by the then-Kansas City Wizards in 2009, spurning interest from Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City in December 2012 to re-sign with his hometown club.
However, Notre Dame product stated last month that a move to either the Premier League or the Bundesliga would be a dream of his and is now apparently weighing up offers from both leagues, as well as the option to sign a much more lucrative deal to remain in KC.
Having established himself as one of the first names on the USA teamsheet since his 2013 debut under Jurgen Klinsmann, Besler’s international future is certainly bright, and it’s now looking increasingly likely that he will become the latest MLS success story to earn a big-money move to Europe.