Alvas Powell was a revelation for the Portland Timbers late in the 2014 season. After a year of promise, the young Jamaican fullback looked like he had conclusively taken over the right fullback spot on the Timbers' back line. Now, however, the Jamaica Observer are reporting that clubs like Italy's Palermo, Spain's Getafe, and Turkey's Konyaspor FC have expressed interest in the Timbers' 2014 Young Player of the Year.
There does not appear to be anything to the reports, however, and a quick look at the Timbers' loan history seems to confirm that.
The Timbers, and MLS in general, have not historically gone into loan deals without a prearranged purchase price, something that has been mentioned before with regard to several of the team's previous loanees, most notably Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi.
While multi-year loans with the same club are uncommon, they are not unheard of, so Powell's continuing loan status should keep him with the Timbers for the time being until the period either runs out or they decide to exercise their option to purchase.
However, with the rumored selling price on Powell "in the region of seven figures", if the Timbers do bring him on board, they may not be able to resist selling him on, particularly if a suitable replacement can be identified. The allocation money gained from such a transaction could be significant, although how much so remains to be seen as MLS and the MLSPA hash out a new collective bargaining agreement.
If the Timbers owned his rights, what would it take for you to be happy with selling Alvas Powell?
Also, Perry Timbers had a fanshot up with regards to this rumor yesterday. Thanks, Perry Timbers!