Transfers of Thursday, 24 July 2014
Freddy Adu is set to make a return to Europe, where the 25-year-old midfielder will be hoping to resurrect his career.
Adu is set to sign with Serbian club FK Jagodina, sources close to Adu have confirmed to Goal USA.
The former U.S. youth national team standout and U.S. national team playmaker has been without a team since leaving Brazilian club Bahia last November. Adu has spent time on trial with English club Blackpool, Norwegian club Stabaek and most recently Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. He now appears ready to settle on Europa League participant Jagodina over Cyprus club AEL Limmasol, which is currently in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
FK Jagodina finished in third place in the Serbian League last season and is taking part in the Europa League for the third consecutive season.
Sources tell Goal USA that Adu will travel to Serbia on Thursday to attend the club's Europa League match against CFR Cluj. He is expected to finalize his deal with the club on Friday or Saturday.
Adu will be looking to revive a career that has stalled since leaving the Philadelphia Union after the 2012 MLS season. A loan move to Bahia turned into a dead end as a carousel of coaching changes made his transition in Brazil a difficult one.
Prior to his stint in Brazil, Adu spent parts of two seasons with the Union before a contentious split with the club that resulted in a move to Bahia in a swap deal involving Brazilian midfielder Kleberson. Adu joined the Union after the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where his impressive performances in the semifinals and final paved the way for a return to MLS.
Adu has spent 2014 weighing options in Europe. An extended trial with Blackpool failed to yield an offer, and after being passed on by Stabaek and AZ Alkmaar, Adu received a multitude of offers from, among other countries, Cyprus, Sweden and India.