Juan Agudelo is looking back on his non-starter move to Stoke City – and missed chances to sign for Liverpool and Celtic.
The 27-year-old United States striker is waiting to make his first start for David Beckham’s Inter Miami as soon as MLS can return following the pandemic.
It is the latest chapter in a well-travelled career, taking in New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution and Chivas USA as well as his aborted time in Europe.
He signed for Stoke under Mark Hughes in January 2014 but spent time on loan at Utrecht in Holland waiting for a UK work permit which was ultimately never granted.
He has now revealed that Liverpool and Celtic wanted to sign him too.
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“I had three situations where (transfers) were scratched,” he said, in an interview for MLSsoccer.
“I thought for sure I was going to go to Celtic. It was tough. I don’t know if I would have went to Liverpool and got loaned out, but I definitely wanted to go to Celtic. It was a place I was probably going to play.”
He added: “I was offered a contract at Utrecht as my loan ended, but it was a rough time for me.
“I was frustrated that I couldn’t play (for Stoke) because of work-permit and political issues. I wish I was stronger, but I was a kid. I was like, man, I just want to go home.”
Agudelo returned to New England and made more than 150 appearances over five seasons before this winter’s switch to Miami.
He had made two sub outings in the club’s first two games before the league was suspended in March.
“I don’t really think about (the past) too much, I just try to focus on what I’m doing now,” he said. “I like the experiences I’ve had with all the clubs. Especially now with Miami.”