Nesta's rights sold to Montreal
July 5, 2012
Alessandro Nesta, the World Cup winning defender that the Italian stalwarts had signing with Metro two months ago, is coming to MLS after all. Only it's not New York; he'll be joining the growing Italian geriatric community in Montreal. But Metro doesn't come away empty-handed here.
Each year, every team is allowed to file a number of first-refusal claims on players outside the league. As it turns out, RBNY had Nesta on their list, but, according to the NY Post, the Italian rejected their $120,000 offer. So Montreal came in, but had to give up an allocation for his MLS rights.
Metro has been on the other side of the first-refusal situation before. The most well-known cases happened in 2006, when Columbus did not want to give up the rights to Matt Jansen (he ended up never playing in MLS), and in 2008, when Juan Carlos Osorio's beloved, Lider Marmol, belonged to Chicago.