As we’ve been wondering what will happen with Diego Rossi, who has not been mentioned in transfer rumors to Europe most of the summer, comes a very tantalizing report that the LAFC forward could indeed be making a big move shortly.
Rossi may be on the way to Turkey, as Super Lig giants Fenerbahçe are reportedly pursuing the striker, according to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle on Monday.
That report was subsequently corroborated by Tom Bogert on MLSsoccer.com.
Rossi, 23, has been with LAFC since the club’s launch in 2018, famously scoring the first goal in LAFC history and earning the MLS Golden Boot while picking up the inaugural MLS Young Player of the Year award in 2020. The Uruguayan has been on the verge of making his Uruguay national team senior debut, although he still awaits his bow for his country.
Fenerbahçe is one of the three big clubs in Istanbul, coming off a 3rd place finish last season and playing in the Europa League this season. They’ve won the Turkish Super Lig 19 times, but are in a bit of a drought on that front, last winning the league in 2013-14. At present, there’s a few prominent names on the roster, including Mesut Özil, Enner Valencia and Luiz Gustavo.
Time is of the essence on this move, because the Europa League squad list has to be finalized by Thursday, while the Turkish window remains open until Sept. 9. And of course, we’ve seen Rossi linked to transfers in Russia, England and Spain in the past and those came to nothing.
I think you have to be of two minds on this from an LAFC perspective. LAFC desperately need to make a big sale to really demonstrate their prospects can indeed make the grade in Europe, but getting rid of the team’s second-leading scorer all-time and one of the very best players in the league will almost certainly hurt the squad in the short term. And LAFC are already struggling badly this season. Then again, this may be the right time for all parties to part ways, rip off the bandaid while the team is sputtering, and use the proceeds from the sale to work towards reloading the roster for 2022.
We’ll see if this rumbles on and progress is made, and if so, we’ll keep you posted.
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