Yesterday’s rumor that Real Salt Lake is interested in FC Groningen attacking midfielder Albert Rusnak seems to have firmed up a bit, with a report coming from Fox Sports Netherlands that the club has made an offer for the player.
Update (10 a.m.): It seems the managing director of FC Groningen confirmed that an MLS club made an offer for Rusnak.
Rusnak, 22, is a Slovakian attacking midfielder born in the Czech Republic, who started his professional career at Manchester City.
Rusnak certainly ticks some boxes for Real Salt Lake: He’s young, talented, and capable of playing in the spot Javier Morales vacated through his departure. The report states that RSL made an offer for Rusnak on Wednesday, and that negotiations could be completed by the end of 2016 — which, frankly, is coming up very quickly.
Interestingly, this report offers nothing to support The Sun’s rumor yesterday that he was a Swansea target, offering credence only to the Salt Lake-focused portion of that piece. It also ignores any earlier rumor that he was a target for Seattle Sounders or AS Roma.
Rusnak’s career started as a youth player at Manchester City, where he was under contract through 2015. He played regularly for their youth sides but failed to make a competitive first-team appearance