Silly season is in full flow and it looks like all 21 MLS teams are partaking in the festivities. Expansion teams, New York City FC and Orlando City, have proven that there are willing to splash the cash, while some struggling teams aren’t attempting to bring in reinforcements.
Here are the hottest transfer rumors being thrown around at the moment.
NYCFC want Italian star as third Designated Player.
First they signed David Villa, and then brought in Frank Lampard, and now they want Alberto Aquilani? The team owned by two sports mogul, New York Yankees and Manchester City, has the money and they are willing to spend.
Aquilani, 30, didn’t make Italy’s World Cup roster, but he is an established member of the national team. The player who just turned 30 a few weeks ago has put on the Italian jersey 35 times.
He has also found success at club level. He started his career with his hometown club, AS Roma, in 2002. His move to Liverpool wasn’t a successful one, but he redeemed himself at Juventus. He has played at Fiorentina since 2012, but it looks like the club isn’t willing to meet his high wages.
The fruitless negotiation with the Serie A club has opened the door for NYCFC to come in and sign the midfielder. If the MLS club manages to acquire Aquilani, it would be a big statement on intention. The Italian midfielder is quality and he still has at least five solid years left in the tank.
Robinho and Deandre Yedlin drama continues.
A few weeks ago, it looked like Orlando was close to signing Robinho, but things have changed since then. Reports claim that the Brazilian speedster is wanted by clubs in Europe and Brazil. Greek champions Olympiakos and Santos are keen on signing the 30-year-old.
It seems like everyone wants Yedlin, but no one has successfully acquired the player’s signature. The fullback’s agent confirmed that he has not signed a contract with a European side.
Is Algeria’s World Cup hero on his way to Philadelphia?
There reports that Rais M’Bolhi’s move to Philadelphia Union has been completed. The standout performer in Brazil is rumored to have signed a three-year contract. This picture of M’Bolhi at PPL Park is proof that the Algerian goalkeeper is on the verge of signing with the MLS club.
M’Bolhi’s arrival means either Zac MacMath or Andre Blake will be traded. Philadelphia would probably keep the latter because he is one of the brightest goalkeeping prospects in the US.
With that said, it looks like MacMath will be the guy to make way for the new arrival. The 22-year-old American has had his moments in a Union jersey, but he has been too inconsistent.
South Korean defender has been offered trial by DC United.
Lee Ki-je, who currently plays with Shimizu S-Pulse in the J-league, is on trial in the capital. The 23-year-old left back could be a replacement for Cristian Fernandez who parted ways with DC because he wasn’t enjoying his time in the US.
New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution send players out on loan.
Third-year fullback Connor Lade has he joined New York Cosmos from the Red Bulls. The promising defender hasn’t played much since Mike Petke became the Red Bulls’ head coach. The 24-year-old can be recalled at any time.
Honduran flop Jerry Bengtson has been handed another opportunity with a loan move to Argentine club Belgrano. The player that was signed as a DP in July 2012 has failed to make his mark with New England. He has only started 23 regular season games and found the back of the net four times.
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