Report: Sydney FC making run for Red Bulls’ Tim Cahill

(Image, Australian News)

New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill had a four-year plan when he came to MLS, hoping that the move would keep him competitive, fit and ready for selection in the 2014 — and 2018 World Cup.

Part of that plan was eschewed earlier this week when the Socceroos legend announced this would be his final World Cup.

Can his grand plan to stay in the U.S. be changing as well?

Multiple reports out of Australia suggest Sydney FC are set to make a swoop for the Australian striker. Fox Sports Australia acknowledges contact between both camps but labels the talk as in the “early stages” as far as a possible transfer may go. Cahill is under contract with the Red Bulls through 2015. As a Designated Player, he also commands a strong salary — $3.63 million for 2014 alone.

Fox reveals no contact has been made with the Red Bulls over a possible transfer. Further, Sydney FC would only be able to pay a maximum of $2 million if they hope to bring Cahill back home. That could be buoyed by corporate sponsorship dollars, making for a more palpable offer.

The caveat, of course, is two fold. First, does the soon-to-be 35-year-old Cahill want to make the move? After the memorable World Cup performance he has put in, a journey back home, to his hometown, may very well be an enticing way to end his career. If he does choose to move on, will the Red Bulls be willing to let him go?

If the answer to both questions is yes, New York would be looking to lose one of its most popular players in recent memory, but would stand to hold two Designated Player slots to revamp their roster in what promises to be a feeding frenzy Summer transfer window.

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