Michael Bradley close to Italy deal

Updated: August 30, 2011, 12:57 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ROME -- U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley is close to joining Chievo Verona of the Italian league in the final days of the European transfer window.

The midfielder's agent, Ron Waxman, said on Twitter that Bradley had signed with the Serie A club, and the Washington Post reported Bradley would be introduced Wednesday.

"Michael is very excited about the move. This is a chance to establish himself in Italy," Waxman told the Post.

But the club in northeast Italy said the deal had not been completed as of early Tuesday.

Bradley, 24, was on loan last season to England's Aston Villa from Germany's Moenchengladbach, but the English Premier League club decided not to offer him a permanent deal, so he returned to Moenchengladbach.

The transfer window closes late Wednesday.

With Bradley still sorting out his club situation, new U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann chose not to call him up for two games next month. Klinsmann recently replaced Bradley's father, Bob, as the U.S. coach.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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