In an interview with Norway's Verdens Gang, Salzburg striker Fredrik Gulbrandsen reveals he has been waiting for immigration clearance for about three weeks, but is finally approved to make his move to the New York Red Bulls.
The forward told VG he would be flying to New York on Friday, March 10. The interview also describes a loan arrangement that seemingly allows the player to return to Salzburg during the summer transfer window if he so desires.
He can go back to Austria this summer - if he did not want to be in the United States out this summer.
Could be a short stint at RBNY for Gulbrandsen if things don't go to plan. But he is excited about the fresh opportunity. The Norway international has struggled for playing time in Austria and is moving to RBNY in part because the New York club made it clear he was wanted while Salzburg could offer him no guarantee his chances of making it back into the first team would improve:
Coach in Salzburg said that he wanted to keep me for the team's sake, but that he could not guarantee me that I got to play every game. After coach New York Red Bulls called me several times and stressed the desire I was, I felt that this was an opportunity I had to take.
So Gulbrandsen is coming to America to play for RBNY. He only joined Salzburg in the summer of 2016 and is reportedly under contract with the Austrian club through 2019. But he seems to have found a way to make the best of Red Bull's Global Soccer system: RBNY wants him now, and if he can do a job for the Red Bulls of MLS he might work his way back into favor in Salzburg in due course, or simply have found himself a better situation in a different league.
H/T: Fernando Gonzalez