The MLS transfer window opened up on July 1, and with the league improving every year and the draw of the American lifestyle enticing players from all over the globe, the rumors flying around who may be coming stateside have gotten almost as crazy as the European transfer window, dubbed “silly season.” Rumors and hearsay from unnamed “sources” have circulated for weeks, with some having more validity than others. While it’s difficult to sort rumors from fact in many cases, here are three transfers that I believe could be on the horizon for MLS.
Giovani Dos Santos to Los Angeles Galaxy
Of all the rumors I’ve heard over the past few weeks, this one seems to be the most valid. Dos Santos, the Mexican international, has long been rumored to move to MLS after bouncing around England and Spain over the past few seasons. While the Galaxy currently have three designated players in Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Keane, and the soon to be arriving Steven Gerrard, MLS is adding a “core player” designation, which would allow Gonzalez to make close to DP money, without being considered a designated player. The additional cash would allow the Galaxy to sign Gio, who would immediately fill the void left by Landon Donovan’s retirement as a speedy, creative player on the wing. Dos Santos is notorious for killing the USMNT over the years and undoubtedly the Mexican national team fans throughout southern California would love to see one of their most beloved players come back to North America. I see this deal getting done and rapidly improving the Galaxy’s playoff chances.
Chicharito to Orlando City SC
Another Mexican international reportedly on the move is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who saw his loan come to an end at Real Madrid and reportedly doesn’t fit into Louis van Gaal’s plans at Manchester United. While Hernandez reportedly declined a move to the central Florida club in April, club officials are very confident they can get his signature during the Gold Cup especially with recent injuries that may scare away other, higher profile clubs. From a marketing perspective, Chicharito is an invaluable asset to the MLS, as he is just six goals away from becoming Mexico’s all-time leading scorer in international contests and has a massive North American fan base. Putting Hernandez on a club that already has Kaka would undoubtedly bring in huge money to Orlando and the league. On the field, Chicharito is a noted poacher who scored nine goals in 40 appearances this season with Real Madrid. There is no question of his talent, and he may be the striking partner that Kaka has searched for throughout his short tenure in Orlando.
Abou Diaby to FC Dallas
FC Dallas is rarely a team with rumored involvement in high profile transfers, opting instead to sign relative unknowns and develop them, but Diaby is a different story. After being released from Arsenal this week, the French international is in search of a new club, and Dallas is rumored to be the likely landing spot. Diaby reportedly did rehab work in Dallas following one of his many Arsenal injuries, and likes the city and the club. He wants game time to regain his full fitness after an injury riddled season with Arsenal, and with European clubs on summer break, MLS and Dallas seem like the best landing spot. FC Dallas rarely sees interest from a player of this caliber, and would certainly welcome the addition of a player of Diaby’s quality. Even if Abou Diaby only signs a short term deal with FC Dallas, he will be a welcome mentor in a midfield that includes youngsters Victor Ulloa and Kellyn Acosta.