LAFC CLOSE TO SNEIJDER DEAL
Los Angeles FC is close to agreeing to a two-year deal with Galatasaray playmaker Wesley Sneijder, ESPNFC reports.
The 33-year-old would become the first designated player signing for the MLS expansion franchise, which will debut in the 2018 season.
Sneijder, who has 12 months remaining on his current contract, would remain with Galatasaray until reporting for MLS preseason in January.
GIGNAC NOT LEAVING FOR GALAXY
Andre-Pierre Gignac could extend his contract with Tigres as negotiations with the LA Galaxy are not successful, according to France Football.
The forward’s contract with Los Felinos expires in June 2018 and, while the report says the Galaxy seem to be his first choice, staying in Monterrey would be preferable to a move to China.
IBRAHIMOVIC LINKED TO ATLETICO
MLS fans hoping Zlatan Ibrahimovic would make his way to the United States in 2018 got some worrisome news on Monday amid a fresh report linking the Swedish star to one of Europe’s top teams.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Atletico Madrid is interested in signing Ibrahimovic in January. Ibrahimovic recently returned to Manchester to continue his rehabilitation from ACL surgery at Manchester United’s training facility, and the Sport report suggests Ibrahimovic could be an option for the Red Devils in January if his rehab goes well.
Ibrahimovic has been linked to the LA Galaxy since the winter, and before his injury he was considered a possibility for the Galaxy this summer.
IMPACT AGREE TO $5M CERUTTI FEE
The Montreal Impact have agreed to a $5 million transfer fee for San Lorenzo forward Ezequiel Cerutti, according to TyC Sports‘ Cesar Luis Merlo.
The 25-year-old would become the fifth Argentine on Montreal’s roster, joining Hernan Bernardello, Victor Cabrera, Ignacio Piatti and Andres Romero.
LAFC AMONG CLUBS EYEING VOM STEEG
Los Angeles FC, Toronto FC and Minnesota United are interested in signing U.S. Under-20 national team goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg, according to the Rheinische Post.
Vom Steeg spent the 2016-17 campaign with second-tier German side Fortuna Dusseldorf but will be a free agent once his contract expires Friday. While the former UC Santa Barbara shot-stopper has drawn MLS interest, he reportedly would prefer to stay in Germany.
ORLANDO CITY DEEP IN TALKS WITH QUINTERO
Deportivo Independiente Medellin reportedly would like to keep the Colombian attacker on loan at the club through December, as was initially agreed, but after the playmaker’s trips to New York and Florida his future appears to be in MLS.
EUROPEAN CLUBS EYEING GALAXY’S DIOP
Clement Diop hasn’t had much time as the LA Galaxy’s first-choice goalkeeper, but he has already caught the eye of European scouts.
French club Guingamp is interested in acquiring Diop, according to French outlet L’Equipe. The report also identified Hamburg and Anderlecht as clubs interested in the 23-year-old Senegalese goalkeeper.
MONTREAL AMONG TEAMS IN FOR SNEIJDER
Veteran Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder could be headed to join up with the Montreal Impact, according to Turkish outlet Sporx
Should Sneijder leave Galatasaray, he would like to be with a bigger club to stay in the running for the World Cup next summer, but his large salary has left a door open for the MLS side to step in for his services.
OSPINA WANTED BY LA GALAXY
The LA Galaxy are hoping to beat Fenerbahce in the race to sign Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, according to talkSPORT.
Looking for more first-team playing time, the Colombian international has been linked to the Turkish side but the MLS club is a new suitor for his signature.
A “well-placed source” refuted the reports to the LA Times, suggesting there is nothing to the Ospina link.
WHITECAPS OFFER $5M FOR HUTCHINSON
The Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS are willing to pay a $5 million transfer fee for Atiba Hutchinson, according to Spor 3.
Vancouver has long coveted the Canadian international, and the offer is now being mulled over by Besiktas manager Senol Gunes.
DALLAS INTERESTED IN COLOMBIAN ATTACKER
FC Dallas may be interested in bringing in Colombian international Hugo Rodallega according to Turkish Football News.
The 31-year-old attacker, who has played his last two seasons in Turkey, scored 10 goals and added three assists in time split between Akhisar Belediye and Trabzonspor after the joining the latter for €1.6 million last winter.
Rodallega also has experience in the English Championship with Fulham and Wigan Athletic and spent five seasons in Liga MX.
GUARDADO TO JOIN LAFC
LAFC has been attached to several big names from Chicharito to Cristiano Ronaldo, and now we can add Mexico international Andres Guardado to the list.
PSV midfielder Guardado is set for a move to the MLS side on a four-year deal, according to ESPN‘s John Sutcliffe.
LAFC is hoping to add star players before the club kicks off its first MLS season in 2018.
NICHOLSON TO MINNESOTA UNITED
Sam Nicholson is reportedly expected to leave Scotland side Hearts to sign a two-and-a-half year deal with Minnesota United.
A report from the Edinburg News suggests the move for the 22-year-old winger could happen as soon as this weekend.
Hearts will not receive any compensation, but Nicholson has requested that a sell-on clause be added to his contract so the club will benefit should the MLS side sell him in future.
BLASZCZYKOWSKI LINKED TO CHICAGO
The Chicago Fire are in the running to sign Poland international Jakub Blaszczykowski, according to Sport.PL.
The 31-year-old midfielder may be released by Wolfsburg this summer after a disappointing season in the Bundesliga. He would be joining former Legia Warsaw star Nemanja Nikolic in Chicago.