MLS prodigy set to join Juventus

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Sporting Kansas City wonderkid Erik Palmer-Brown could be set for a move to Italian giants Juventus, according to ESPN.

The defender has been a part of the Kansas first team set up ever since he turned 16 last year and is considered to be one of the best players in the country in his age group.

Sporting turned down a $1million bid by Juve for Palmer-Brown in the January transfer window, but if the reports are correct then KC's resolve has finally been broken by the Turin club.

The 6’1, 175-pound central defender has steadily progressed in the Sporting Kansas City Academy since joining in June 2009 at age 13.

He most recently joined up with the USA under-18's national side, playing 90 minutes in all three of the games he was called up for and even scored the winner in a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic. 

U.S. Under-20 coach Tab Ramos recently included Palmer-Brown in his team’s training sessions for the first time.

Juventus spotted the youngster playing for the national side and were immediately impressed with his speed and technical ability. 

"I'm not really sure what's going on," Palmer-Brown told the Kansas City Star in January when news of Juventus' interest first surfaced.

"It would be cool if it's true, but I'm really happy to be here and happy to be with Sporting. It's really cool, but I'm still young. I'm still developing my game. I'm glad to be here at home with the MLS Cup (winners)."

Whatever happens, Palmer-Brown is a player full of potential and it's up to him and SKC whether he will remain in MLS or move to The Old Lady

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