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England’s Lucy Bronze considers move to NWSL

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England defender Lucy Bronze is considering a move to the NWSL, according to Telegraph Sport.

Her contract with Manchester City expires this summer, and she reportedly has received multiple offers from NWSL clubs. According to the Telegraph, Bronze is looking to wind up with a club on the West Coast. As of right now, that would mean one of four NWSL clubs: OL Reign, Portland Thorns FC and expansion sides Angel City FC and San Diego Wave FC.

Bronze is a three time Women’s Champions League winner with Olympique Lyonnais. She then returned to Manchester City in 2020, helping the team win the FA Cup and this season’s League cup. The team made it all the way to Sunday’s FA Cup final, where it lost to Chelsea in extra time.

Following the loss, Bronze took to Twitter saying she was “absolutely gutted” about the result.

“We really wanted to lift the trophy and fought hard until the last second,” she wrote. “I’m proud of the way the team played and I want to thank the fans for the unbelievable support throughout the whole season.”

The England national team player played college soccer at North Carolina before joining Everton. She had a first stint with Manchester City from 2014-2017 before joining Lyon. Reportedly, Bronze – who won the FIFA Best Player of the Year Award in 2020 – doesn’t want to play for another team in England “because of her respect and fondness for the club.”

If she were to make the move to the NWSL, the 30-year-old’s rights are currently held by Kansas City, according to the Telegraph. So another team would have to acquire her rights before signing her to a contract.

Bronze has played with a few current NWSL players while at City, taking the field with OL Reign’s Rose Lavelle and Kansas City’s Sam Mewis during their stints with the English club.

The move could be further complicated by the fact that Bronze has a busy summer. She’ll be with England trying to help the country win the European Championships — which the team will be playing at home. If she were to make the move, she likely wouldn’t grace an NWSL field until 2023.

Bronze isn’t the first player for an English club to have been in talks to leave. Vivianne Miedema, who has been with Arsenal since 2017, had been linked to reigning UEFA Women’s Champions League title holder Barcelona before returning to Arsenal on a one-year deal.