May 24, 2014
THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL
Sources: Red Bulls also put claims on South Korean Park Ji-Sung, Didier Drogba
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – It wasn’t just Kaka.
As reported on Thursday by BigAppleSoccer.com, the Red Bulls and former sporting director Erik Soler were engaged in meetings with Brazilian star Kaka, meetings that included several trips by club and league officials to Europe. A team source told BigAppleSoccer.com that the Red Bulls were trying to sign the Brazilian midfielder away from Real Madrid. Kaka’s younger brother Digao is a defender currently on the Red Bulls roster.
Apparently, he wasn’t the only big name that was targeted by the old regime.
BigAppleSoccer.com has learned that the Red Bulls last year also filed discovery claims on two of the game’s biggest names, sources close to the team said.
Park Ji-Sung, the South Korean with more than 100 international appearances for his national team, was a discovery claim of the Red Bulls last year under Soler, according to sources. Currently with Queens Park Rangers, the midfielder would have been a keen signing for the club given his pedigree at Manchester United in addition to a high work rate and good technical skills.
In addition, the Red Bulls also filed a claim on Didier Drogba, the former Chelsea man who now in Turkey with Galatasaray, sources said. The striker recently turned 35-years-old and had a stint in China before signing with the Turkish giants.