It should come to no surprise to any of us who follow FC Dallas closely that defender Walker Zimmerman is going to garner interest from abroad. Despite being on the sidelines right now with a MCL strain, the interest in Zimmerman is beginning to pick up.
Last night, a report from Metro.us revealed that German club Hoffenheim is looking to beef up their defensive line with Zimmerman. Hoffenheim qualified for the UEFA Champions League after a surprising fourth place finish this past season.
The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Hoffenheim approached FC Dallas and technical director Fernando Clavijo in recent weeks about a purchase. The price named by the club is $1.5 million, the price being the one agreed upon when he signed his most recent contract last February.
That is obviously a pretty decent transfer number for FC Dallas to get out of Zimmerman. The club would get to keep the standard two-thirds of the fee.
Big D Soccer reached out to Fernando Clavijo and FC Dallas for comment on the matter and were told the following:
“With the caliber of players we have at FC Dallas, it would be a shock if other teams weren’t interested in players on our roster. We are committed to developing the best club in MLS with the focus, as always, on succeeding both on and off the pitch.”
Obviously this wasn’t a firm denial of the offer or anything that is taking place.
I would imagine we will get more rumors like this in the coming weeks as the MLS secondary window is set to open here in July. What do you make of this rumor? Is that price right for Zimmerman?