Chievo Prepares to Lose Michael Bradley in Summer, Italian Club Lines Up Replacement for American Midfielder

Chievo Prepares to Lose Michael Bradley in Summer, Italian Club Lines Up Replacement for American MidfielderMichael Bradley rivals Clint Dempsey as the most in-demand American soccer player. Italian club Chievo Verona has received a flood of tranfer offers for its midfield general, and it is prepared to sell Bradley in the summer, according to Football Italia.

“At an official level with [Chievo President Luca] Campedelli we took a few days of reflection,” Chievo sporting director Luigi Sartori told Radio Mana Mana Sport.

“But with Bradley he has important offers from top teams in our division and at the top level in foreign championships from England and Germany. My feeling? Probably we will part ways in this summer’s transfer market. We’ve already found his replacement.”

Bradley has been linked with a number of Italian clubs in recent weeks, including AS Roma, Palermo and Napoli. The 24-year-old prefers to remain in Serie A, but market forces will play a role in determining his next move.

Having played in the Netherlands, Germany, England and Italy, the US international has shown an impressive ability to adapt to new cultures and styles of play. His next destination will certainly depend on the size of the transfer offer (bidding should start around £3 million [$4.6 million]), assurances over playing time and salary.

The next few weeks will be exciting for the well-traveled Bradley. He has spent much of his life preparing to play for one of Europe’s elite clubs. If such does not happen this summer, he will surely take one giant step toward reaching that life-long goal.

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