When addressing the recent transfer rumors circling around Sporting Kansas City forward and MLS All-Star Dom Dwyer, coach Peter Vermes took the opportunity to spread a larger message to the English teams perusing his roster.
“I’m not wasting time with these clubs that think they can come and bargain-basement shop here and get guys for free,” Vermes said. “Our guys are just as valuable as so many players around the world, and sometimes even more valuable. We’re not just going to give guys away for little money.”
Although the team was able to resign Graham Zusi and Matt Besler, the interest from foreign clubs has extended through the club. The most recent rumors followed a report from Britain’s Sky Sports on Wednesday that English club Brentford FC was interested in Dwyer.
“We get offers on our players every day,” Vermes said. “There are offers that are worth discussing and there are ones that are not. This one is not worth discussing.”
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He went on to say that the team’s position on international transfers revolves around placing their own values on players before considering outside offers.
“Over the years, the MLS has been a league that has waited for other clubs to make offers, and I don’t believe in that,” Vermes said. “I believe that we need to value our players ourselves. We have our own market that we think they are worth, and once you tell another team what they are worth, they are either in or out.”
Dwyer is leading the team with 14 goals in 22 games so far this season.
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