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Conflicting reports about Keisuke Honda’s next destination

Japanese star currently training with Orange County SC.

AC Milan v Bologna FC - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

On Monday, we reported confirmation from USL team Orange County SC that Japanese star Keisuke Honda is currently training with the club.

While that has naturally led to considerable speculation Honda could become a signing for Orange County’s MLS affiliate, 2018 expansion team Los Angeles Football Club, or to a lesser extent, fueled speculation he could end up playing for Orange County in USL, there are of course other rumors out there regarding Honda’s future.

The 31-year-old, currently out of contract after his deal with Serie A side AC Milan ended at the end of the season just concluded, has been linked with Turkish club Galatasaray lately. However, there are rumors circulating to support and reject his possible signing in Istanbul.

Goal.com ran a report on Tuesday citing reports in the Netherlands that Honda will be signing a two-year deal with Galatasaray. Yes, citing a report from a totally different country does sound suspect, even if Honda played in the Netherlands once upon a time. Adding sand to that fire is a new report out of Turkey this week that claims Galatasaray bosses considered Honda and then decided to pass.

Truthfully, there’s nothing definitive here, and the fact that Honda is a popular player the world over, even if he did not light the world on fire in Milan, means there is a solid chance people are pushing stories to the rumor mill that may have little or no merit to them.

There’s also the curious twist that Honda’s purported links to Galatasaray come on the heels of a recently rumored LAFC target, Wesley Sneijder, getting ready to leave the Turkish giant. Maybe it’s a coincidence, or maybe there is some kind of shuffle possibly happening or maybe there is nothing here to really think about so why worry?

At any rate, while there have been murmurs LAFC is interested in signing Honda, who is of course especially attractive because he is out of contract right now, the rumor mill on that has not kicked into high gear yet. If it does, or if there’s news on this front, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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