Summer is heating up and in the global soccer world that means transfer windows are open and transfer rumors abound. Over the summer, this weekly column will round up all the incoming and outgoing transfers and rumors involving FC Dallas.
RUMOR: Zdenek Ondrasek to Tromsø IL
FCD Rumor: Norwegian team interested in Zdenek Ondrasek https://t.co/rbN7kKq9GX
— Jose Antonio Carmona (@ElChicoCarmona) July 8, 2019
The first big rumor of the week came at the start of the week on July 8th with Jose Antonio Carmona from BigDSoccer reporting on a rumor of Norwegian team Tromsø IL having interest in rarely seen FC Dallas striker Zdenek Ondrasek. The “Cobra” came to Dallas with a lot of hype from fans after a strong goal scoring season in Poland. However, Ondrasek has hardly seen the field, only having made 7 appearances in MLS with a single start and having registered 0 goals, 0 assists and only 2 shots on goal in 192 minutes of playing time. He’s now 4th on the FC Dallas depth chart at striker behind two teenagers and Dom Badji and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel.
However, Ondrasek is reportedly happy with life in DFW and is making a salary that Tromsø may struggle to afford. Expect to see this rumor develop further as the European transfer window rolls on.
RUMOR: Reggie Cannon to Europe
One agent (who doesn’t rep Cannon) just messaged me and said it’s going to be a tough decision for FC Dallas when a team like Marseille come in with a $5M offer for Reggie Cannon this summer. Agreed.
— MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers) July 8, 2019
There’s not a lot of concrete evidence of any offers for Cannon, but chances are FC Dallas will have to examine their options after the homegrown right back’s performances with the USMNT in the Gold Cup. One thing to keep in mind with homegrowns is that MLS clubs now keep all of the transfer fee for homegrown players as opposed to a significant part of that going to the league as a whole. This makes selling homegrowns far more attractive for front offices, especially when there are other homegrowns waiting in the wings, as is the case with FCD. Selling Cannon would not be a popular choice among Dallas fans but don’t be shocked if Dallas gets an offer they simply can’t refuse.
RUMOR: Paxton Pomykal to Europe
Also: Between this move and the Hyndman deal, FCD have cobbled together $950k in GAM in the past 24 hours.
Could end up being much more than that to come if they sell Pomykal (there's serious interest from La Liga, EPL and especially Bundesliga teams).
— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) July 2, 2019
Technically, this should have been part of the previous transfer roundup post, but with the vague nature of the rumor and the similarity to Cannon, it made more sense to talk about here. This is another rumor that is tough to find much concrete evidence for but Matt Doyle is certainly an in-the-know around MLS circles and considering Pomykal’s U20 World Cup and MLS performances, it would be more surprising if there wasn’t any interest from Europe for the young midfielder. Much like Cannon, Dallas would keep the full transfer fee for Pomykal’s sale but because of Pomykal’s importance to the team, they may be more hesitant to sell unless the price is right. But just like Cannon, if the price is right, don’t be shocked to see Paxton make the move overseas this summer.
RUMOR: Marcelo Allende from Necaxa
Source: FC Dallas has interest in Marcelo Allende from Necaxa
— MLS Transfers (@MLSTransfers) July 10, 2019
Not a lot of details to this rumor, Marcelo Allende is a young Chilean midfielder who has made a handful of appearances for Liga MX team Necaxa. Without selling other midfielders, buying Allende doesn’t make a lot of sense as he would be joining a crowded midfield. However, if Paxton Pomykal was to be sold, there would certainly be big hole opened up in the center of the park that Allende could fit in nicely. Allende would be the second young Chilean midfielder signed in as many years after Pablo Aranguiz came to Dallas in summer 2018.
However, the same day that this rumor came about, there was ice cold water dumped on the rumor, along with rumors of offers for Paxton Pomykal and Reggie Cannon in an interview with FC Dallas Technical Director Andre Zanotta with Silvana Pagliuyca from Al Día Dallas.
#DTID Andrés Zanotta talked to me about Reggie Cannon, Paxton and Allende rumors, plus Aranguiz options. FC Dallas is looking for a striker. Here: https://t.co/dzHXiUr2aI pic.twitter.com/aXfy7pGwaC
— Silvana Pagliuca (@DeportesDallas) July 11, 2019
In the interview, Zanotta says that the club has yet to receive any offers for Pomykal and Cannon and that there has been no contact made with Allende or his club. He also mentions that the club hasn’t received any offers for Pablo Aranguiz. However, Zanotta did nothing to rule out any players being sold, though he did seem to firmly deny any interest in Allende. It is hard to say how much stock to take in this from Zanotta. Of course he is unlikely to come out and say that the club is actively shopping two of their best players and he would not want to reveal too much information publicly if there are negotiations happening behind the scenes. Even with this interview, it would be surprising if fans have seen the end of transfer rumors regarding Pomykal and Cannon this summer.
What do you think of these rumors? Should FC Dallas pull the trigger if the price is right? Or should they hold on to their best players through the end of the season? Who should the club look to bring in this summer? Sound off in the comments below!
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