Saturday, March 2, 2013

Obafemi Martins MLS move on hold for now till Monday

As the Major League Soccer kicks off  its 18th season in few hours, some of the main rumors that chased the kickoff of the season were major transfer moves in some of the major clubs in the league. Obafemi Martins, Robert Earnshaw and Brazilian legend Kak√° are just a few of the players reportedly making their way to the MLS this season.

The Seattle Sounders have reportedly been chasing Martins for some time; however, it looks like Obafemi Martins move to MLS side Seattle Sounders may drag longer than expected if not called off as Levante want to keep their top scorer, at least till Monday.

For fear of not being able to find a replacement for the Nigerian international, the Spanish La Liga side have turned down the US team’s offer to pay the $4 million transfer fee clause in the contract. The team's president told reporters that they turned the offer down for "sporting" reasons, stating that they have no real way of replacing their leading scorer at this point in the season.

While Sounders are able to still trigger the exit clause, they will have to pay the money to the league board instead.
They also have to pay a tax equivalent of $800,000 and it is not clear if this will be in addition to the $4 million transfer fee.

Also joining the MLS this season is Cardiff City's Robert Earnshaw, the former West Brom striker has completed his move to Toronto FC. The 31-year-old player will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). 
Earnshaw has earned 59 caps and scored 16 goals for the Wales. He made his international debut and scored the winning goal against Germany in a friendly at Millennium Stadium in May 2002.