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Reports: Galaxy on verge of landing El Tri star Dos Santos as “core player”

Villarreal CF v RC Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - DECEMBER 21: Giovani Dos Santos of Villarreal in action during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Deportivo de La Coruna at El Madrigal on December 21, 2014 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

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There’s haves, have nots and have a lots, and the Los Angeles Galaxy are in the final category.

So imagine how upper echelon their roster will get if the reports of Giovani dos Santos headed to Carson are true. is among several outlets reporting that the Mexican international and former Barcelona and Tottenham man, 26, is headed for Major League Soccer on a $7.7 million transfer from La Liga side Villarreal.

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The reigning champs have already added Steven Gerrard from Liverpool to a cast of Designated Players that includes Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez. L.A. also recently added Sebastian Lletget from West Ham, and has proven itself more than capable in the Homegrown Player department.


Multiple sources have confirmed to Goal USA that a transfer for Dos Santos to join the Galaxy is indeed in the works, and its completion will be aided by impending changes to the current MLS salary cap and roster guidelines.

Sources tell Goal USA that MLS owners are ready to ratify changes to the current salary cap rules to create a core player roster spot that will effectively work as a fourth designated player spot for any teams currently using all three slots.

The report says that “core player” spot would come before August, when Dos Santos would join. The team’s attack would seem impossibly good moving forward, and we know that Mexico coach Miguel Herrera doesn’t mind his players in MLS (See: Cubo Torres).

The Galaxy have won three of the last four MLS Cup finals, and Dos Santos would be one heck of an August addition. He’s scored once in three 2015 caps for Mexico, and 17 in 86 overall.

Even off a non-productive and injury-shortened season, Dos Santos should thrive and be a success for L.A. on the field and in the box office. Gaining a Mexican star, let alone a productive one, is win-win for the Galaxy. And it’s a good long-term nod in a market preparing for a surely-splashy entry from LAFC in the near future.

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