Jermaine Jones looks set to complete a transfer to Major League Soccer, but the midfielder himself has apparently not been making it easy to get the deal through.
According to reports from Ives Galarcep, a deal to bring the United States international to North American soccer for the first time in his career has hit a snag after MLS officials were unwilling to guarantee Jones which team he would end up at.
Chicago and New England
The move was complicated enough already to begin with. Jones originally rejected a contract with the Chicago Fire earlier this month for a two and a half year deal, yet the negotiations continued with MLS.
This opened the door for the New England Revolution to sneak in the mix for the tough-tackling midfielder and try and bring him to Foxboro.
Jones now apparently says that he would like to sign with the Fire after originally turning down their offer, but would also join the Revolution - but only if they offered him more money as it is less desirable in the 32-year olds eyes.
And then you have Los Angeles. This is where Jones is currently living and it is where his family resides as well. However, both the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA boast the maximum amount of Designated Players so Jones joining would either require a player to be released or a complete change of the rules.
Jones is not David Beckham though, so it is almost completely out of the question for MLS Commissioner Don Garber and co to re-write the rule book for the veteran.
What is known is that Jones will not be going through the Allocation Order to decided where he ends up, just like when MLS vetoed it for the signings of Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to the Sounders and Toronto FC respectively.
Jones starred for Jurgen Klinsmann's side down in Brazil in the summer, being named as a key player for the US in FIFA's technical report of the tournament and has been a free agent for months.
The MLS desperately want more stars in the league and Jones would certainly count as one. But if their stubbornness in not allowing him to play for a team he wants continues then the former Schalke man could be on his way back to Europe with MLS licking their wounds.
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