Arsenal reportedly want to strike up a partnership with MLS club Seattle Sounders.
According to Islam Bakaseyhir, a freelance journalist for ESPN, FOXDeportes and beINSport, Arsenal want to strike up a partnership with MLS club Seattle Sounders.
Tonight on @FOXDeportes Arsenal is looking to strike up a partnership with Seattle Sounders as they explore the possibility for a talent exchange program with the MLS Franchise as well as looking to boost their economic profile in the US. Tune in tonight a 9 PM Western for more.
— Islam Bakaseyhir (@IslamNavixNews) January 22, 2018
The Gunners allegedly want to boost their reach in the US while exploring the possibility of a talent exchange program.
Bakaseyhir tweeted on the 22 January and we’re yet to hear much else about this supposed agreement.
The journo also has less than 300 followers, so I’d take what he’s saying with a pinch of salt. Not that his claims are exactly outlandish.
A partnership with Seattle Sounders, who finished seventh in the MLS last term, would be interesting. Although I’m not sure why we wouldn’t rather strike a deal with Stan Kroenke’s side, Colorado Rapids.
The US business man is Arsenal’s majority shareholder and the closest entity we have to an outright owner, so why would we join forces with a rival side?
The Gunners went to the USA as part of their 2016/17 pre-season tour, so it makes sense that we would be trying to extend our reach on American soil with partnerships a year-and-a-half later.
I’m sure we’ll hear on the progress of said partnership soon, if there is one.