A week after New York Red Bulls General Manager Erik Soler denied any pending contractual agreements with the legendary Italian defender, reports have surfaced out of Italy that talks between the AC Milan mainstay and MLS have taken a sour turn.
According to Gazzetta della Sport and MSN Sport Italia, the Red Bulls pursuit of Nesta has hit a few snags which have stalled out negotiations.
Italian based Sport Media Set delves further into the details. The complications as reported stem from Major League Soccer’s single entity and salary cap structure. New York offered a salary cap maximum of $340,000 for Nesta to join – a sum so low that it was summarily dismissed. SMS acknowledges that New York could counter with a Designated Player offer, but even that would have to be approved by the league in order to take effect. The complications have halted conversations.
The reports also state AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani will try to pitch one year deals to both Nesta and Gianluca Zambrotta to rejoin their side at a reduced role and salary.
Currently, New York is expecting Wilman Conde to return from his prolonged groin strain for tomorrow’s match against Chivas USA, and the recent signing of Heath Pearce further bolster’s the team’s defensive line. Whether that means the pursuit of Nesta ends is yet to be seen.