With the MLS transfer window heating up as it comes to a close, Sporting KC rumors are swirling everywhere.
One major rumor involves a Sporting KC fan favorite, and arguably its best player, Dom Dwyer. Earlier in the week, it was reported that Greek club Olympiacos offered Sporting KC around $3 million for Dwyer, but manager Peter Vermes made it clear the club wasn’t interested, at least for that price.
Today however, a Greek newspaper garnered a front page headline claiming Dwyer had in fact been sold to Olympiacos for approximately $4.5 million. While the report hadn’t been confirmed, it seemed clear the Greek football club had at least called back with a substantially larger offer.
The report was quickly shot down by insiders on twitter and by the club itself. While there’s clearly no deal done currently, it seems at the very least there’s a new, larger offer on the table and we likely haven’t heard the end of this possible transaction.
It’s been reported as well that Dwyer himself isn’t interested in a move overseas for the time being. Dwyer, 25, recently married US Women’s National team star Sydney Leroux, and the couple are expecting their first child. It makes sense for Dwyer to stay in the states, and with Sporting Kansas City, as Leroux was just transferred to FC Kansas City, the National Women’s Soccer League club here in KC.
On one hand, $4.5 million is a lot of money, and Sporting could do quite a bit with what they would receive as far as the transfer fee. This includes signing or trading for a potential replacement for Dwyer, who scored his ninth and 10th goals for SKC in their most recent match and sits just two goals behind the league lead.
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On the other hand, no matter who would be brought in to replace him, Dwyer is irreplaceable. He’s the club’s best player in the attacking third on a team that struggles to score goals as it is; without him the club wouldn’t be anywhere near the position they’re in, in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference with a chance to make another deep postseason run.
The striker has led Sporting Kansas City in goals the past three seasons, and brings a competitive fire and a confidence that can spark the other 10 men on the pitch.
Peter Vermes and the SKC front office have proven over the years they know how to build a winner, with two US Open championships and a MLS Championship to show for it since 2012.
If Vermes and company decide to sell Dwyer, trust that they have a plan in place to replace him and keep this team successful. If they keep him, know that having him with Sporting is what’s best for Dwyer and the club.
This offer was surely difficult to turn down, and with Olympiacos continuing to up the dollar amount, it probably gets harder to make a decision. At the end of the day, it looks like Dom Dwyer will be staying in Kansas City.