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20th Apr 2023

Jack Byrne has an offer to join MLS side Charlotte FC

Robert Redmond

Jack Byrne

Byrne has an offer to play in MLS.

Shamrock Rovers have received an offer for Jack Byrne from Major League Soccer side Charlotte FC.

Charlotte first submitted a five-figure bid for the midfielder. Shamrock Rovers reportedly rejected this offer before the MLS side returned with a second transfer offer.

Jack Byrne

MLS side Charlotte FC submit transfer bid for Jack Byrne.

According to The Irish Examiner, Charlotte have submitted a bid of around €150,000 for Byrne.

The Irish champions are yet to accept or reject the offer, while Byrne is said to be deliberating over whether to make the move or not.

The former Manchester City midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning he could leave Rovers on a free transfer. The MLS side are reportedly offering him a three-year deal.

Byrne, 26, spoke in the past about potentially moving to Charlotte FC and playing in MLS.

Christian Lattanzio, the club’s Italian manager, knows Byrne from their days together at Man City.

Jack Byrne

“I know Christian, he’s a good friend,” Byrne told RTÉ in December 2021 when he returned to Shamrock Rovers.

“He knows the type of player I am, he knows the environment that I’d do well in.

“Charlotte are a new franchise, just been set up, so maybe the timing wasn’t great on that one. Who knows? Someday maybe it’ll come around again.”

The Irish Examiner report that Byrne could triple his wages with a move to Charlotte FC, who are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference in the American league.

Charlotte are an expansion team who joined MLS in the 2022 season.

They play their matches at the Bank of America Stadium and had an average attendance of over 35,000 last season.

Charlotte didn’t reach the playoffs, however, and finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

Byrne, who has earned four caps for Ireland, rejoined Rovers for a second stint at the end of 2021 after a short spell with APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus.

The midfielder helped the Dublin side win the league title last year. He was named PFAI Player of the Year in 2019 and 2020.

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