With one big name in Bill Hamid already inked to a long term contract, D.C. United will have to move quickly to tie up another one, according to Grant Wahl.
On Wednesday, Wahl went on the record to say that United midfielder Perry Kitchen is garnering attention from several European clubs. Wahl has been in contact with Kitchen's agent Lyle Yorks, who claims that Kitchen has caught the eye of teams from Belgium, Denmark, and Germany. While the clubs were not named, Wahl noted that York said that the conversations he had with the teams from Belgium and Denmark were teams that were participants in the UEFA Champions League.
In addition, according to Wahl, Kitchen is in the last year of his contract with the Black-and-Red. So if United wish to get a transfer fee for him, they'll have to get him to sign a contract, like Hamid, or sell him during the summer, which is less than ideal for the club.
Kitchen has seen his stock rise rapidly since he joined United in 2011 as the third pick in the MLS SuperDraft. After being played out of position in 2011 at right back, he made the move in '12 to his natural defensive midfielder position. In just his fifth season in the league, Kitchen has already appeared in 134 league matches, with another 6 playoff appearances to his name.
Kitchen's success in MLS has also seen him break through with the Red, White, and Blue. The former Akron standout earned his first cap in February in a substitute appearance in a win over Panama, and added his second last month in the most recent 'Dos a Cero' against Mexico.
What do you think about the news that Kitchen's agent has had talks with teams overseas? If Anderlecht is one of the clubs interested, does anyone think they should keep their filthy paws off our silky draws after they nabbed Andy Najar from United in 2013? Share your thoughts below.