D.C. United and RSC Anderlecht don't appear to be on the same page regarding Andy Najar.
Anderlecht initially wanted the 19-year-old Honduran on loan, enabling him to play in actual matches. It took United five days after his arrival in Europe last week to make it official that he instead would train with the Belgian club until the end of December.
A day after the training stint was announced, Najar reportedly had impressed enough that Anderlecht manager John Van den Brom hoped to bring him to the team's January camp in Turkey.
Najar wants to move to Europe, and Anderlecht couldn't be a much better fit, having experience with Honduran players in the past. But United wants its dangerously talented player back next season -- more than it wants a transfer fee, if the breakdown in loan talks are any indication.
Major League Soccer, which owns its players' contracts, is also a notoriously hard bargainer. But because he's on the ground in Belgium, for now Najar might just have the upper hand.
- Craig Stouffer