Leicester and Watford-linked Tranquillo Barnetta's agent confirms talks with Philadelphia Union

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The Swiss free agent has travelled to the States this week to listen to an offer from the MLS club.

The agent of Switzerland midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta has confirmed to Estadio Deportivo that the pair have travelled to the USA this week for talks with the Philadelphia Union about a possible move to MLS.

Barnetta, 30, is a free agent after his contract with Schalke expired this summer, following a season in which he recorded three goals and five assists in 27 games for the Bundesliga side.

The 75-times capped winger is now being linked with a host of clubs across Europe, with Swiss news outlet Blick recently naming Premier League duo Leicester City and Watford as possible destinations.

Malaga, Real Betis and Real Sociedad have also been mentioned as potential suitors [h/t fussballtransfers.com] but agent Wolfgang Voege has since denied knowing of their interest, telling Estadio Deportivo: “We know nothing about that.”

However, Voege did go on to reveal that his client was set for talks with Philadelphia, while adding that he had entertained other offers from some of Europe's top leagues.

“Tomorrow [Thursday] we are going to Philadelphia to study an offer from MLS,” he added. “But we also have others in Italy, Germany, England and Spain.”

Barnetta himself also revealed earlier this week that he would consider a move back to local club St. Gallen, following Blicks claims that the Swiss side have offered him a deal, but went on to stress that nothing on his future has been decided.

“It is clear that St. Gallen always attracts me,” he told the same newspaper. “I will certainly come back but if now is the right time for it, I do not know yet.”

Regardless, with all the reported interest in his signature, it sounds like the Union will have a hard time convincing Barnetta to make the move across the Atlantic unless a sizeable offer is put on the table.

With the MLS club sitting in eight-place in the Eastern Conference, the three-time World Cup veteran would prove a much-needed addition to the roster but, having also told Watson.ch last month of his Premier League ambitions, a move to someone like Leicester or Watford might be more appealing.

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