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New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo has European offer

May 12, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo (62) kicks the ball in the first half of the match against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Red Bulls have an offer on the table for the transfer of Michael Amir Murillo from an undisclosed European club, according to multiple sources.

Following a solid performance at the World Cup for Panama, especially in Los Canaleros’ opener against Belgium, the 22-year-old right back has drawn interest from several teams in Europe, reportedly including PSV Eindhoven. He started Panama’s first two matches — against Belgium and England — before missing the final group stage match against Tunisia because of yellow card accumulation.

Murillo has been a starter with the Red Bulls since arriving from Panama’s San Francisco in February 2017 and has taken a step to the next level this season with his selection to the 2018 MLS All-Star Game.

The Red Bulls reportedly rejected an earlier offer for Murillo, who has two years remaining on his contract that will pay him $88,754 per season, according to the MLS Players Association.

Murillo’s agent is in New York, attempting to hammer home a deal for Murillo to head to Europe, which has been a goal of his. A source close to the team said it’s too early to tell if the offer is considered serious.

“Honestly, yes, I would like to go because it’s a personal dream of mine,” Murillo told The Athletic following a 1-0 loss to New York City Sunday night. “Every soccer player longs to play in Europe, and that’s the desire I have. I hope everything gets sorted out and I can go to Europe.”

Murillo hasn’t played since returning from Russia with new head coach Chris Armas opting for Connor Lade instead.

“Amir, we think highly of him, he’s obviously a good player, just came from the World Cup with Panama, obviously, and got some great experience there. Meanwhile Connor Lade stepped in and has been sharp,” Armas said after the game. “Before Connor Lade’s injury a couple of years ago, he was one of our better performers and he looks more like that form right now. It wasn’t an easy one, that one.”




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