Michael Bradley has now played nearly three seasons in Toronto, which he has guided back to the upcoming MLS playoffs. But Bradley, a former AS Roma and Chievo Verona player, is also drawing interest from clubs back in Italy.
Sources say that Bologna wants to bring Bradley in for an off-season loan in January. Former MLS’er Roberto Donadoni is the manager of Bologna, which also happens to be owned by Joey Saputo–the owner of Toronto FC rival Montreal. A source also says that AC Milan is looking into the possibility of buying Bradley from Toronto. Then there’s Swansea City, which just hired Bradley’s father, Bob, this week. I’m told it’s likely that Swansea will be targeting some U.S. players in January.
Of course, a move would require there to be interest from the 29-year-old Bradley and Toronto as well. A Toronto source said the club was contacted for all three of the team’s Designated Players—Bradley, Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore—during the last window. TFC and Bradley are focused entirely on winning an MLS Cup championship, the source said.
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