File it in the “From Left Field” bin! Swedish journalist Daniel Kristoffersson reports that Minnesota is in advanced talks with BK Häcken midfielder Rasmus Schüller.
Kristoffersson writes that a transfer fee may be involved, since Schüller only arrived at the Swedish club in 2016. If so, it would be most likely that Minnesota would use Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to pick him up. Update: Jeffrey Carlisle confirms that this will likely be a TAM signing with a transfer fee of around $750k.
Reached by email, Kristoffersson offered up something of a scouting reporting, describing Schüller as a creative, two-way midfielder: “[he’s a] smart player, who knows the game with great passing.” He also adds the caveat that Schüller is not a particularly hard-tackler and may be “a bit too nice.”
Another player familiar with Schüller on the pitch said that the Finn was an important part of Häcken’s free-flowing attack. He described the club as playing some of the best soccer in Scandinavia.
Update: Another report from a player who has played with Schüller describes him as: best as a number eight, similar to Steven Gerrard’s role. He is “very hard working both ends of the field and very good with both feet, but his left is preferred.”
The Finn has represented his nation over 30 times between all age levels. Most recently, he earned a start in Finland’s friendly win over Morocco. He also made a second-half appearance in their World Cup Qualifying loss to Croatia.
Manny Lagos visited Sweden during his scouting trip. While Häcken was not on his official itinerary, he did spend at least a day in Gothenburg, where the club is based.
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