Both D.C. United and FC Dallas were approached last month about the possibility of acquiring Ghanaian international Stephen Appiah
, 28, on a free transfer, reports Steven Goff. But
for reasons not yet clear, the potential deals fell through. "Appiah would have been willing to play in MLS for $2 million per season, a figure probably far less than his future earnings in
Europe," writes Goff.
United's managing partners Victor MacFarlane
and Will Chang
"showed keen interest" in the player and were in
direct contact with an intermediary. But to reach a deal it would have had to make a departure settlement with current designated player Marcelo Gallardo
, whose $1.9 million per year
contract is guaranteed for 2009. It initiated plans to bring Appiah to Washington, but "in the end, for reasons unclear, decided not to seriously pursue him."
FC Dallas then
also prepared to fly the player in to discuss a deal, and Coach Schellas Hyndman
was even ready to travel to Europe for talks. But "management determined the $2 million salary
figure was more than it would be willing to spend on a designated player and the situation fizzled." The L.A. Galaxy was then approached, but is still hamstrung by the salaries of David
and Landon Donovan
. It now looks like Appiah will sign for AC Milan.
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