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Rumor: LAFC set to sign Salvadoran forward Rodolfo Zelaya?

Experienced attacker on his way to Los Angeles?

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It’s been quiet on the rumor front for players coming into Los Angeles Football Club lately, but a new one comes from El Salvador, claiming forward Rodolfo “Fito” Zelaya is set to sign for the black-and-gold.

That comes from a report from El Grafico, which quotes an executive at Zelaya’s current club, Alianza FC, saying “The negotiations for Fito are advanced with Los Angeles FC, in the afternoon we will have a meeting and he will be traveling today or tomorrow to get medical exams.”

Zelaya, 30, is arguably the biggest Salvadoran star playing right now. The player began his pro career in his native country, before moving to Club Leon in Mexico for a short stint in 2009. Since then, he’s divided his time between Alianza and a team in Russia, Alania Vladikavkaz, the bulk of his minutes coming with the former team.

Salvadoran soccer went through a major downturn in the last decade, in part fueled by a match-fixing scandal that engulfed the national team. While some players were banned for life from the sport, Zelaya received a one-year ban in late 2013. While he bounced back from that suspension, and again, is arguably the best player in El Salvador these days, he had been rumored to be on MLS radars back before the scandal and teams have stayed away since.

But that may no longer be true. Zelaya is rumored to be a transfer target of both Colombian outfit América de Cali and Chinese club Nantong Zhiyun this window, so if that’s all true, he could be well in demand. But the reports say LAFC will be getting him. We’ll keep you posted on whether that happens.

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