No Inquiries Made for NYCFC’s Harrison: Vieira

Matt Kremkau

By CHRISTIAN ARAOS

NYCFC logoPURCHASE, N.Y. — If there are clubs in England eager to sign Jack Harrison, they have yet to let New York City FC, know according to people close to the player and the club.

A report on MSG from July 5 indicated that two Premier League clubs along with multiple clubs in the League Championship were expressing interest. According to that report, the clubs were being put off by NYC FC’s valuation of Harrison to be higher than $5 million, the fee Chelsea paid the New York Red Bulls for Matt Miazga. Coach Patrick Vieira, however, said that no one has approached the club about signing Harrison.

“No, my phone has been off,” Vieira said with a smile.

It’s certainly possible that Harrison, 20, has caught the attention of an overseas scout with the eight goals and five assists he’s scored this season. It’s certainly possible that someone caught a Major League Soccer game on TV in England and took a mental note of Harrison. But, no one has even begun to kick the tires on a possible move for the winger.

Since Harrison was born in England and remains a British citizen, he would not have to meet any of The FA’s work-permit requirements. To go with barely being on the radar of clubs in England, he’s also barely on the radar for England’s U-21 national team. Vieira said two weeks ago that no one from Gareth Southgate‘s staff had approached the club about calling Harrison into a camp.

“I’m quite surprised that he didn’t receive any calls for at least the Under-21’s because he at least needs to be looked at,” Vieira said.

Harrison is on the second year of his Generation Adidas contract, which means City would only receive half of any transfer fee. The club would receive two-thirds of a potential fee once Harrison begins playing next season.