Agudelo: He said nice things, so he's obviously leaving. - Jeff Gross
A televised interview in Scotland with Juan Agudelo has media on both sides of the Atlantic claiming he's transferring to Celtic. We express skepticism at the news, such as it is.
Since a transfer window is right around the corner, and since people get paid to talk to athletes, there has been increased talk of Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo getting a transfer to Celtic F.C. the past few days. Of course, Agudelo trained with the club, and by the looks of it, may have stayed on longer than the initial week he was supposed to be working with the Scottish club. But does that mean a transfer from Los Angeles to Glasgow is in the works?
Let's look at the evidence so far:
- On Thursday, STV had a video interview with Agudelo by Grant Russell. It is fairly wide-ranging, but Agudelo basically sticks to banal comments, nothing particularly interesting or out of the ordinary, really. He is asked if he would want to move to Europe and he says he does, and he is asked if he got a transfer to Celtic now would he want that, he says "We'll see. I have to consider a lot of things, but definitely Celtic is a great club."
- Then on Friday, Joe Prince-Wright links to the STV interview in MLSsoccer.com's daily column with the headline: "US starlet ready to fly nest for European move?" At no point does Agudelo say, "I'm ready to be transferred. Get me out of MLS," but you know, that's boring to write about and stuff.
- On the Sporting News Friday, Brian Straus does a write-up of his own about the STV interview, again implying that Agudelo is clamoring to leave when that's not really the case, if you actually watch the interview.
- Somewhat surprisingly, Sky Sports also quoted the STV interview, but they appear to have a shade of subtlety in their headline-writing.
- Hey, the BBC has gone a step further and claimed Celtic coach Neil Lennon is in talks to sign Agudelo. Of course, if you read the quotes the manager provided, it sounds like he asked him to come back for a few more days, but that always automatically means transfer, right?
- And of course, the Daily Mail's version, which is all about Agudelo showing his Yank mates Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu that Celtic is better than Rangers blah blah blah. Banter!
- Props should be given to Goal.com's account, where Alex Labidou seems like he really wants to run with this inevitable transfer story, only to find that the available information doesn't warrant that. He does, however, report that MLS could give Agudelo a Designated Player deal.