Report: Palmer-Brown headed to Manchester City

Erik Palmer-Brown, who captained the USA at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup, should join Manchester City when his contract at Sporting KC expires at the end of the year, sources out of England told Metro.

Palmer-Brown became the youngest defender to start in MLS when he debuted for Sporting KC in 2014. He has played just 18 MLS games in four seasons. He spent the 2016 on loan to FC Porto B and helped the club win the LigaPro -- Portugal's second division -- title in May 2016.

Palmer-Brown was considered a target of Juventus but no transfer agreement was ever made. Metro reported Paris St. Germain, PSV Eindhoven and Ajax were among other clubs interested in signing him.

He attracted interest after his strong play for the USA at the U-20 World Cup, where the USA reached the quarterfinals.

8 comments about "Report: Palmer-Brown headed to Manchester City".
  1. R2 Dad, September 11, 2017 at 11:21 a.m.

    Sorry, bad idea. Look what Jadon Sancho did--left City for Dortmund in order to improve his career path. Transferring to these big EPL teams just means you're going out on loan. Look what happened to Miazga and now he can't get a whiff of the USMNT either.

  2. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, September 11, 2017 at 5:24 p.m.

    My understanding is that Miazga makes about $2m a year. He wasn't making that in MLS. And he was in the Gold Cup squad. We can't forget salaries in considering players' choices regarding where to play. That is life-changing money and this is his job.

  3. R2 Dad replied, September 12, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.

    True, but is he cutting off his nose to spite his face? High wages are fine for this contract, but what about the next one? The transfer fee will be high, his wages will be high--who will pick him up other than a top team? What if he's only a decent player? Will he be willing to cut his wages? Seems short-sighted, but then again I'm not a tattooed millionaire.

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, September 13, 2017 at 11:36 a.m.

    He signed a four a half year contract. If $2m is his salary that's $9m. Pretty tough to turn down that kind of money. That's more than most will earn in their entire lives. If he plays out his contract he'll be available on a free transfer and there will be takers in MLS and probably elsewhere. His wages may be lower but he'll have $9m in the bank. Player decisions like that can't be evaluated without taking salary into consideration.

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, September 13, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.

    I'd add that in EPB's case he is not getting enough playing time in MLS because Besler and Opara are pretty well set. They are doing a great job and I can't blame Vermes for not playing EPB more but he needs to move on and play.

  6. Paul Berry, September 11, 2017 at 12:28 p.m.

    Out of contract. Does this mean no transfer fee?

  7. Fire Paul Gardner Now, September 11, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.

    I doubt he's going to be trotting out at the Etihad any time soon, if ever, but he'll probably go out on loan for a couple of years. It's a good first step towards a career in Europe. And he'll make more money than at Sporting. We can't forget that either since this is his job after all.

  8. Eric Dibella, September 12, 2017 at 2:19 p.m.

    MC is making an investment in a kid who shows promise. He will be loaned out to another club to see if he develops well enough to get a shot down the road. It is a small investment for MC now. If it works out they have an nice marketing addition in the US as well as a potential contributor. I hope he gets in a loan deal that will allow him to develop and progress. I like what I saw in the U20 WC from him.

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