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Report: LAFC pursuing Wesley Sneijder

ESPN claims Dutch playmaker nearing two-year deal.

Netherlands v Luxembourg - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The transfer rumors surrounding Los Angeles Football Club are heating up in a major way these days, with the latest big-name player linked to the 2018 MLS expansion club being Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

That report comes courtesy of ESPNFC’s Mark Ogden, who wrote early on Wednesday that LAFC and Sneijder are “close to agreeing a two-year deal” for the 33-year-old to become the club’s first Designated Player.

Sneijder has been with Turkish side Galatasaray since 2013, and is regarded as a key player for the team, but with the club limping to a disappointing 4th place finish in the Turkish Super Lig this past season, it is believed Sneijder would be on his way as part of a major clear-out. But according to the report, if signed to LAFC Sneijder would stay with Galatasaray until the start of 2018, when he would join the new MLS side.

ESPNFC’s report claims LAFC have offered Sneijder $3.5 million per year on the deal, which is not an insignificant amount of money by MLS standards, but is certainly not top dollar in wage terms among DPs, making it possible this could be one of several big-name moves.

This mooted move is interesting on several fronts. Sneijder is a playmaker/tweener midfielder/forward who is small but has the ability to perform on the big stage. In his career he’s played for major clubs Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter and now Galatasaray.

If there is a knock to his game, it’s that he is mercurial, and one could argue his highest moments as a professional came with the Netherlands National Team, where he was an absolute star at the 2008 Euros and 2010 World Cup. At those tournaments, he was probably one of the top five players in the world.

But the 2010 World Cup was seven years ago, and again, he’s not typically hit the heights on the club side in a similar way as his international exploits. But given the lesser competition in MLS, would that give him a big boost? Remember, David Villa was considered an afterthought in his final season in Europe, too, and things have worked out pretty well for him in MLS.

So we’ll see. This link makes a lot of sense (Sneijder visits Los Angeles fairly often), but we won’t know for sure until it’s official, so stay tuned on more on this story.

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