BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, August 22, 2011
MLS and Blackburn Rovers have agreed to a fee for FC Dallas central defender George John, but the potential transfer's completion is far from done.
The 24-year old central defender is on his way to Greece to obtain Greek documentation that will allow him to play in the English Premier League as the dual-citizen American would not qualify for a work-permit otherwise.
"George is on a plane right now headed to Athens to get his Greek ID," John's agent Ted Philipakos told YA. "[He] is technically a Greek citizen, but he can't be registered as an EU player without a Greek ID or passport."
"According to his attorney in Athens, he'll have it Tuesday or Wednesday. It's just a formality."
While neither MLS or Philipakos would confirm a figure, Blackburn has agreed to a transfer fee for John that is believed to be around $2 million.
In addition to the Greek papers, John must also agree to personal terms with the club. Though, these negotiations have yet to begin, the two sides should begin talking in the coming days.
"We need to agree to personal terms before we go to England," Philipakos added. "We haven't really started negotiations. We're hoping to hear from Blackburn and reach an agreement in principle or at least something close to that."
While some reports are out that the deal is a done deal, Philipakos insists that it is not. Blackburn's defense has struggled in the early part of the English season and the club is looking to add more than one defender.
"From my understanding, Blackburn is looking at more than one center back," Philipakos concluded. "It is not a foregone conclusion, but we're doing what we can and have to do in order to move towards a deal."