MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 08: Forward Brek Shea #11 of the USA defends against Roger Rojas #11 of Honduras at Sun Life Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Take this for what it's worth, but Goal.com and Sky Sports are reporting that FC Dallas has rejected a 2.5m pound bid for Brek Shea from German Bundesliga giants Schalke 04. The same articles mention that both Liverpool and Manchester City were in Miami on Saturday night tracking Shea who earned the assist on Clint Dempsey's game winner for the United States.
Pretty much all the reports on his performance were positive and it looks like Dallas could have a real fight on their hands to keep the kid past this season. Brek Shea is represented by Santio Sports and agents Barry MacLean and Spencer Wadsworth. MacLean threw some water on the fire mentioning that Shea is under contract with FCD for a long time.
I do know people are asking me about Brek as he is the premier talent in America," MacLean toldskysports.com."There is a real buzz around Brek as he is a real quality player.
"He has a contract with the MLS and FC Dallas for another three years so at this point it is premature to talk about a move."
While 2.5m pounds(around $4million) is about 1/3 of what it will likely take to sign Shea, to see clubs like Schalke making bids for the 21-year-old gives a lot of legitimacy to the reports of the top Premier League clubs tracking him.
Edit(Thanks Wes): Greg Seltzer set things straight on his blog this morning. I knew I should have checked it first...
Yes, Schalke was the "big German club" Rob Stone correctly referenced as coming in for Brek Shea just before the recent transfer deadline during the Belgium friendly broadcast. However, there was no offer. Basically, it went something like this...
(riiiing) Schalke: Hello. How much would Brek Shea cost us to acquire now?FC Dallas/MLS: (some dollar figure nobody's telling)
Schalke: Oh... okay. Maybe talk to you later. Tchuss.