RBNY Hot Stove: Reports Link Van der Vaart, Yaya Toure to Red Bulls

rafael van der vaart red bulls rbny

by RUSS McKENZIE

Are the New York Red Bulls dipping into veteran DP waters again?

According to a Marca report, Rafa Van der Vaart could be on his way to the Red Bulls. Van der Vaart, 33, currently plays for Real Betis in La Liga and is finishing out his contract for the club. The report links several clubs to Van der Vaart including Sporting KC, LA Galaxy, and the Red Bulls.

With the league losing Obafemi Martins to the Chinese super league, Van der Vaart would be a worthy addition as a marquee player. However, it is unclear how the Dutch national would fit into Marsch’s high press game plan. The Dutch international is a proven winner, helping his native country reach the World Cup final in 2010. Over his international career for the Netherlands, he made 109 appearances, and scored 25 goals.

Van der Vaart has played for some giant European clubs – most notably Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, and Hamburg. The midfielder himself fanned the flames, being quoted by the report saying, “Everything is open at this time, but I can imagine playing in America I want to play at a high level a few years.”

Included in the “take it with a grain of salt ” category is a recent report stating that Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is linked to an MLS transfer. The report, published by Tribal Football, links Toure to Red Bulls, NYCFC, and Orlando City SC. The 32-yaer-old Ivory Coast native is expected to leave City when Pep Guardiola arrives next season, and could be wooed by MLS. Toure is also no stranger to championships, helping City win a pair of Premier League titles. However, his play has dropped off in the 2015-2016 season. Add to that his injury problems, and again, one has to wonder where Toure would fit in on a club that relies on it’s speed in transition to overcome opponents.

  • Sammy the Red Bull

    Ah, no and…..no

  • Classy balls

    It would be a miracle if red bull open their wallet and go against their bible.
    Like their fans say, they have the best academy and training facilities and best stadium……..there the best in MLS.
    By the way, the Chinese super league is going to kill MLS sooner than later, the only bad thing about their league is the language but they probably already hired more than enough translators.
    If garber doesn’t add a 4th dp or add pressure to MLS owners, I see trouble.

    • Sammy the Red Bull

      I think it’s too soon to form an opinion on the CSL. They have a ton of money but this is not the first time China had tried to become big players in world football. The experiences of this current group of signees will tell alot. The lifestyle changes in China are going to be pretty drastic as opposed to Europe to U.S. or even South America to U.S. I think you see guys maybe go for 1 or 2 yrs, get paid big and then move on.

      Tim Cahill even said in an interview that MLS will always be able to attract guys because of the lifestyle playing in the U.S. affords you.

  • TeamPepsi

    Rebrand this team please!!!!

    • slowleftarm

      it will rebranded when they moved to Camden next year.

      • slowleftarm

        Looks like the fake me is a lot more active on this site than the real me.

        • slowleftarm

          The fake me is the real me