AZ Alkmaar have announced that they have reached an agreement in principle with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for the transfer of U.S. national team striker Aron Johannsson.
It is believed that a transfer fee of around $5 million has been accepted by AZ, with previous reports suggesting Johannsson was mulling the idea of moving to Major League Soccer.
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The Icelandic-American forward, 24, played for the USMNT at the Gold Cup this summer, scoring once in six appearances for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side, which takes his overall tally to four goals in 17 U.S. appearances. The forward was born in Mobile, Alabama but switched his international allegiance from Iceland back in 2013. Although his lack of goals didn’t impress many this summer, Klinsmann did make a point of saying that Johannsson had progressed over the summer months with the U.S. national team.
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After returning to his club AZ and featuring in their Europa League clash against Istanbul Basaksehi last week, Johannsson will not travel with the Eredivisie side for the second leg of their third qualifying round clash and has instead gone to Germany for talks with Bremen.
Here is more on the situation from AZ’s website:
“AZ has reached an agreement in outline with Werder Bremen over the transfer of Aron Johannsson. The club has given the 24- year-old striker permission to come to a personal agreement with the Germans. Johannsson will not be traveling Wednesday with AZ to Turkey .
“If AZ and Werder’s agreement works out completely, and Johannsson also reaches a personal agreement and passes the medical examination, the American International will sign a multi-year contract with Werder Bremen.”
Johannsson has scored 39 goals in 71 appearances for AZ since joining the Dutch side in January 2013 and even though it would mean giving up Europa League action, this move to Bremen would undoubtedly be a step up as the German outfit finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season.
If the move does go through, as expected, then Johannsson will join U.S. teammates John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, Alfredo Morales, Julian Green, Joe Gyau and Timmy Chandler in the German top-flight this season.