Danish international Emil Larsen is all but set to join Columbus Crew SC after passing his medical exam according to a report from TV2. A work permit is reportedly the only hurdle after the team and player agreed to a two-year deal with an option for a third.
Normally a formality, Larsen has had a previous move stopped due to a failed physical. He was nearing a transfer to Brøndby IF in the summer of 2014, but concerns about an earlier knee injury caused Brøndby to back out. During the transfer saga, Larsen had already said he was looking forward to playing with his new club and was happy to be leaving Odense. The comments drew the ire of some of Odense's supporters.
Larsen is in the last year of the contract he signed with Odense BK when he joined in 2012 and would be a free agent in the summer. According to the report, Crew SC appears to be paying a transfer fee to get Larsen before the season starts. A move that would impact Larsen's salary budget charge.
It's unclear how the possible arrival of Larsen would impact the team. Larsen is a left winger who has appeared on the right occasionally. The Black & Gold is well stocked with wingers. Justin Meram has locked down the left side starting spot. Cedrick Mabwati has been an impact substitute while adapting to the team. Ethan Finlay just signed a long term deal and was called up to the U.S. National Team.
It's entirely possible that the reports are incorrect, but there is significant amount of detail around the reports from credible sources. It's likely that there has been significant contact between parties, even if a deal doesn't come off.