The transfer window may be closed in MLS, but transfer speculation never rests, especially when it comes to MLS expansion teams.
The latest rumor involving MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club is that they are among the many teams in the league interested in Mexico captain Andres Guardado, currently playing for defending Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven.
This report comes courtesy of Fire Confidential’s Guillermo Rivera on Monday, who notes that the Chicago Fire apparently hold the Discovery Rights (which essentially means “dibs,” although teams can no longer squat on Discovery Rights for players they have no realistic intention of signing) on Guardado, but that Atlanta United (who enter MLS next season), LAFC and the LA Galaxy are also interested in landing the versatile 30-year-old.
Atlanta United was linked to Guardado during this summer’s Copa America tournament, courtesy of ESPN’s John Sutcliffe, but after Guardado returned to the Netherlands for his club season, that speculation died down considerably.
Rivera notes Guardado has two years left on his contract with PSV Eindhoven. In some respects, LAFC would appear best positioned to land him in that light, as he could join during the 2018 season without LAFC having to pay a transfer fee at all.
But with several teams interested in him and the Fire controlling the proceedings at present, it’s far from a done deal. And with Chicago failing to land both Jermaine Jones and Didier Drogba the past two years, one would not be surprised at all if they held firm and finally signed a big name, any name, eventually.
Still, given Guardado’s body of work and versatility in both defense and midfield, not to mention his marketability to the Los Angeles market, he would be a savvy signing for LAFC. We’ll keep tabs on this rumor if and when it develops.
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