We always knew that he wouldn't be staying in MLS for long, but I didn't expect to see Charlie Davies transfer rumors so soon.
The website Sporten DK is reporting that Danish club Brondby IF is in the market for attacking reenforcements, and Davies is one of the players they are targetting. Of course thats if your eyes can get past the "legendary tennis poster" image on the right sidebar. You may know Brondby as the current club of American defender Clarence Goodson.
Is losing Davies something we need to be worried about?
Davies was brought to D.C. United to score goals, and that's exactly what he's done. His eight goals in 14 games has Davies tied for second in MLS in goals scored. With no one else on the roster capable of filling the void as a top-rate finisher, United isn't likely to be willing to part with Davies very easily.
There are definite monetary boundaries that would stand in Brondby's way, if the rumor is even accurate. United has Davies on loan for the 2011 season, with an option to purchase his contract from French club Sochaux in 2012. For any other club to acquire Davies, they would have to agree to the Sochaux buyout, plus additional compensation to D.C.
I would be shocked if United gave this much serious consideration at this point in the season, but its an intriguing thought that United could stand to make a large profit on their short-term acquisition of Davies if Brondby has the cash that it would take to move him.
The only way I see this happening is if its a move that Charlie Davies wants to make. If he desperately wants to get back to Europe, United might not stand in his way. But I have a feeling that he would prefer to stay in MLS at least for this season, and possibly more.
(Hat tip to Stumptown Footy for sharing the link)