Bringing back the USA's best player, who
started his career with the New England Revolution before joining Fulham, is quite the "get" for MLS. It will be interesting to hear what changed for Dempsey
in the last 12 months to bring him back to the league after seeming so focused on rising to new heights in Europe and if he plans on returning to Europe on
short offseason loans like Landon Donovan has done with Everton in years past before needing to take an extended break from the game.
When the U.S. played Panama in Seattle in June, Dempsey was very impressed with the huge crowds and passion for the game in the city.
From News Tribune:
"I’m good friends with [Seattle striker] Eddie Johnson and he always tells me
about what it’s like playing here in front of these fans. It’s an atmosphere
that’s comparable to playing in Europe. It’s crazy to see because when I first
started out in MLS, things weren’t like that, so it’s great to see that the game
is building. People have so much passion for the game. I almost felt like I was
in another country the other day when the Seattle Sounders game was on. I was
walking to eat dinner, and just as I was walking past the bar, the TV was on and
everybody was watching soccer. For me that was awesome."
So how good is Mr. Clint Dempsey? Well he is considered the best US player.
Dempsey has the ability to dribble with the ball, albeit in a rough, somewhat
out of control manner. He can score from distance. He positions himself so he
can poke it in from a couple of yards. He can play on the wing, in central
midfield or as a striker, with or without a partner. There is a strong argument
that he was the best at heading the ball in the Premier League.
Fenerbahçe have made an inquiry for out-of-favor Chelsea striker Demba Ba as part of the clubs efforts to sign an additional forward.
The Yellow Canaries are willing to offer €8m for the 28-year-old
Fenerbahçe have also been in talks with Benfica's Oscar Cardoza however, talks have recently stalled due to a disagreement over the Paraguayan internationals transfer fee.
Ba has been deemed surplus to requirements in Jose Mourinho's preferred squad make-up and has been transfer listed by Chelsea.
The Senegalese international striker joined the Blues last January on an €8.5 million move from Newcastle United scoring twice in 14 appearances for Chelsea.
The Canaries have strong ties with the board at Chelsea and brought in Raul Meireles on a €10 million move from the Premier League club last season.
Ba is a close friend of Fenerbahçe striker and fellow compatriote Moussa Sow however, the Canaries are facing increasing pressure over foreign player spaces.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) will only permit 10 foreign players per-club in the 2013-14 season and
allow six foreign players on the field at any one time.
Fenerbahçe currently have 11 non-Turkish players on their books.