On several occasions earlier this week, Revolution manager Brad Friedel noted the club is still on the hunt for a second Designated Player ahead of the 2019 season.
During Sunday’s Season Ticket Member Event at Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club, Friedel said supporters would be happy with the player, and on Wednesday, he re-iterated to MLSSoccer.com's Tom Bogart the player would be an elite player from overseas.
So with that in mind, let’s check in across the pond and see which players might be up for the taking — and remember, the Primary Transfer Window will remain open until May, and it doesn’t matter if the English or Spanish window is closed. It’s the receiving club’s window that matters.
We came up with four potential players who are in the back pages of the London tabs this week:
Mesut Özil, Arsenal, midfielder
The former German international is reportedly on the outs at the Emirates with new manager Unai Emery. Özil has only made 18 appearances this season for the Gunners, thanks to injuries and poor form. In fact, the German No. 10 isn’t a regular starter in North London any longer, and he’s not listed in Emery’s squad for today’s UEFA Europa League clash with BATE Borisov. Emery has reportedly said Özil’s absence is “not tactical.” The Telegraph of London mentioned Wednesday should Arsenal fail to finish in England’s top four again and miss out on Champions League football, the wage bill in Ashburton Grove for 2019-20 won’t be more than £50 million British pounds sterling ($64 million US), and that shedding Özil’s salary would help the Arsenal board reach that target.
BSJ analysis: Maybe Özil needs a change of scenery; look at the Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe situations here last season… pretty similar, if you ask me. He was a prized addition to former manager Arsene Wenger’s side that went on to win back-to-back FA Cups in 2015 and 2016. His form, though, over the last two seasons has dropped significantly; of course, that’s against some of the best competition in the world. What would he bring to Foxborough, even at age 30?