Is Real Salt Lake set to land their attacking midfielder early this offseason? It’s hard to say definitively, but we now know that the club has agreed a transfer fee with FC Groningen for the services of Albert Rusnak.
RTV Noord, a regional publication in Groningen, reported today that Rusnak, 22, has already had conversations with Real Salt Lake; that report cited discussions with the coach, but it’s difficult to say if that’s general manager Craig Waibel or coach Jeff Cassar.
That’s confirmed by FC Groningen itself: The club today published a newsletter in which they reported that they’ve come to an agreement, but that RSL and Rusnak had yet to agree a deal.
Google Translate provided the following translation of their statement.
We have with Real Salt Lake reached an agreement on the transfer of Rusnak to the American MLS. Whether it actually comes to a transfer, is now on the player and his management. We will wait and see how this will develop in the coming days.
Rusnak, 22, is a Slovakian midfielder that’s been an up-and-comer with Slovakian youth national teams. He started his professional career at English side Manchester City, but he didn’t end up making any Premier League appearances there — instead, he ended up on loan several times.
We’ve reached out to the club for comment and will update if they respond.