With Los Angeles Football Club's six-month anniversary since announcement of its establishment fast approaching, comes the first transfer rumor involving the club.
GianlucaDiMarzio.com, a website that focuses on Italian soccer, reported on Saturday that AC Milan midfielder and Ghana international Sulley Muntari was "being targeted by Los Angeles FC, a club who is looking to compete with the Galaxy in the southern California market."
The article, by David Amoyal, notes that Muntari has one year left on his deal with Milan, and isn't getting many minutes with that club at the moment. The article does also say that another Serie A side, Fiorentina, are also interested in Muntari.
Muntari, 30, has spent his entire professional career to date in Italy and England, playing for Udinese, Portsmouth, Inter Milan, Sunderland and AC Milan. He was part of the treble-winning side with Inter that won the Champions League in 2009-10, and he also won the FA Cup with Portsmouth.
A midfielder who occasionally scores absolute rockets, his reputation for inconsistency has led to him being a squad player more often than not, though he's had strong seasons along the way.
He is also a Ghanaian international, though his tenure has not been without controversy. He was reportedly sent home from the 2004 Olympics for disciplinary reasons, left off the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations team after a dispute with the head coach, and most recently, sent home during the 2014 World Cup after allegedly assaulting a member of the coaching staff. On the other hand, he has participated in three World Cups (2006, 2010, and some of 2014), as well as two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, 2008 and 2012.
If Muntari and LAFC are truly interested in one another, it does bring up a big question: what would happen in the "gap year" between his contract running out and LAFC hitting the field for the first time, currently planned for 2017? Of course, he could sign with MLS and get sent out on loan, like with David Villa signing last summer ahead of New York City FC's first season, and then spending some time on loan at sister club Melbourne City FC, or with Kaká signing with Orlando City SC and then going on loan to São Paulo in the meantime.
At any rate, what do you make of the report? Muntari has considerable pedigree, but would he be a good signing for the newest MLS club? Let us know what you think in the comments!