Could an MLS move resurrect Fernando Torres’s career?

The once prolific World Cup winning Fernando Torres has been a shadow of his former-self in the past five years.

His loan move away from Chelsea to AC Milan had many predicting he would find his scoring form again, but it hasn’t worked out in Italy for the 30-year-old striker.

With just one goal in ten games, there has been speculation of him being handed back to Chelsea just five months since his two-year loan deal began.

As we know, he is a striker who thrives on confidence and instinct finishing – both have been missing for some time now.

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Major League Soccer could be a good destination for him to once again feel the love of devoted fans.

He can take many things from the David Villa move to New York City FC. Villa was his strike partner during the Spanish domination of international tournaments and his move has seen him become one of the most talked about players in America before he’s even played a game.

Torres can bring so much to a dressing room as well as to younger player in the squad. Despite a tricky spell during his time at Chelsea, he has a track record of success and would prove a move to MLS was the right option if there was any interest.

He scored in a number of big games for the Blues but could never quite find consistency.

Key moments for Torres:

  • 65 goals in 102 Liverpool games – Best strike rate in Liverpool’s history
  • Euro 2008 Final – Winning goal vs Germany
  • World Cup 2010 – Winner with Spain
  • Champions League Semi-Final 2012 – Vital equaliser vs Barcelona after long run
  • Champions League Final 2012 – Winner with Chelsea
  • Euro 2012 – Golden Boot winner and goalscorer in final win vs Italy
  • Europa League 2013 Final – First goal vs Benfica
  • 2013 Confederations Cup – Golden Boot winner

As for a destination, it’s not easy to say where Torres would be best suited. He thrived in his homeland with Atletico Madrid and a move back home will surely be an option.

Throughout the most successful periods of his career, his top scoring form has been while playing as a lone striker with supply coming from all over the field.

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Somewhere like the New England Revolution could be an ideal club, as he would suit their preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 with the likes of Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones feeding him constantly throughout the game.

Torres needs a fresh start, away from Europe, and a move to MLS would give him the chance to recapture his star status.

One thing we can be sure of is that people want to see him recapture the form we saw so much at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and throughout his international career.

Would MLS be a good choice for Fernando Torres?

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Former Chelsea star Michael Essien set for MLS move – report

Michael Essien is reportedly nearing a move to Major League Soccer with three clubs interested in bringing the former Chelsea star to MLS before the start of the 2015 season.

Reports from Italian media outlet Tuttosport claim that the AC Milan midfielder is interested in a move to the United States, while MilanNews.it supports these claims by suggesting three MLS clubs are looking at signing the Ghanaian midfield enforcer.

Toronto FC, Columbus Crew and the Portland Timbers have all been linked with a move, and the 31-year-old will more than likely join the league as a Designated Player were he to make the switch.

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Essien’s current contract at AC Milan expires in June next year, but the Italian giants are believed to be willing to offload him in the January window, as they could receive around €3 million for him.

The Timbers currently have three DP’s and therefore look unlikely to add Essien, whereas Columbus have two free DP slots on their roster.

Though it is Toronto who look to be favourites to sign the experienced midfielder as Jermain Defoe is looking likely to move on in the next month or so. That will free up a DP slot and will leave plenty of room for Essien’s salary.

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Interestingly, the player recently changed his representatives to the US-based Clavijo Soccer Agency – a group run by FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo.

The tweet above suggests Toronto are ready to unleash a fearful looking midfield duo of Michael Bradley and Michael Essien on the rest of MLS before the start of next season.

If he joins the league, Essien will certainly be another great capture for Major League Soccer as the quality continues to improve.

Would Michael Essien be a good signing for Toronto?

Italian star to be New York City FC’s third major signing?

Fiorentina and Italy international Alberto Aquilani has been the latest player linked with a switch to MLS, with New York City FC reportedly an option.

According to Sportmediaset, Aquilani’s contract negotiations are proving unsuccessful. With his contract expiring in 2015, reports suggest Fiorentina want to reduce his current wages of €1.8 million to €1.5 million.  Seemingly unhappy with the contract offer Aquilani is considering his future and one club interested is new franchise New York City.

Bankrolled by the same owners as Premier League champions Manchester City, the club are willing to sign some of the best talent in football to expand the club globally once it enters Major League Soccer for its debut campaign.

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This won’t be until the new MLS season begins in March 2015, and as a result a loan move has been mooted for the Viola number 10. Aquilani would be the third major signing for New York City FC if he signed after Spaniard David Villa and Englishman Frank Lampard have both been confirmed as new arrivals.

Despite a disappointing spell at Liverpool, he is regarded as a fantastic deep lying playmaker. He has played for some of Serie A’s best clubs such as AC Milan, Juventus and Roma, winning three honours with the latter.

The Italian is also attracting interest from AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, and was called up the Italian squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Will Aquilani make the move to MLS?

Kaka the next major MLS arrival

Brazilian club Sao Paulo have confirmed “we are all agreed” for Kaka to leave AC Milan to join the new MLS franchise Orlando City, but he will link up with his former club Sao Paulo on loan until January 2015 before turning out for Orlando in March 2015.

It is a similar agreement to the one which David Villa made with New York City FC as the Spaniard has joined A-League side Melbourne Heart on loan until the next regular MLS season begins, when New York City and Orlando City both enter Major League Soccer.

Kaka had the choice to terminate his contract with the Rossoneri a year early as the club failed to qualify for European football in the UEFA Champions League or Europa league after the club finished eighth place in Serie A.

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With the deadline of terminating his contract rapidly approaching, the 32-year-old seems to have activated his release clause. A successful career has seen him have two stints at AC Milan and a spell in Spain with Real Madrid as a Gallactico signing in Florentino Perez’ second spell as president in 2009. Kaka was signed for €65 million, contributing to his glittering European adventure beginning in 2003.

The former World Cup and Ballon d’Or winner will become the franchise’s first designated player, with two more slots still available for the new Florida-based side, and Robinho is still being tracked by The Lions.

Orlando City President Phil Rawlins told the Orlando Sentinel on June 20:

“Everyone knows our first choice would be Kaká. … We’re reaching a critical time in the next few days. We are in detailed discussions with him. We hope that those would conclude successfully in the next few days, and if they do, then he’ll be our first designated player. … We’re just very, very excited about that prospect”.

It now appears that the deal has been all agreed, and Kaka just needs to sign on the dotted line. The Brazilian midfielder is expected to be unveiled in front of fans in Orlando on Tuesday afternoon, before the USA’s crucial World Cup match against Belgium.

Orlando City set to sign Samba star

According to reports in America and Italy, AC Milan superstar Kaka will be linking up with Orlando City when the new MLS season begins in 2015. Until then it is said he will link up with Sao Paulo – the club where he made his club career debut.

Kaka would be the second major signing for MLS after David Villa’s move to the other new franchise New York City FC was confirmed earlier this month.

Kaka has endured a fantastic career in Europe, having played for AC Milan and Real Madrid where he has won a Serie A medal and La Liga titles as well as a Champions League medal in 2007 whilst at Milan. He also has a World Cup medal from Brazil’s triumph in 2002.

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Kaka has the option to terminate his contract with Milan this summer, as a clause in his contract allows him to leave as Milan failed to qualify for the Champions League. With Milan’s eighth-placed finish, there will be no European football at all at the San Siro next season, and Kaka is set for a new challenge as a designated player in the USA.

In March this year Kaka told an Italian newspaper “One day, I would like to play in America, I want to see what Adriano Galliani’s ideas are and what the clubs ideas are. If it turns out I need to move. I will choose MLS”.

Kaka is believed to be in advanced talks with Orlando City and could be set to become the face of the new franchise when they enter MLS next season.

Massimo Ambrosini set for MLS swansong?

The former AC Milan Champions League winner Massimo Ambrosini has confirmed his departure from rivals Fiorentina, and could now make the switch to Major League Soccer.

Ambrosini, who turns 37 later this month, has been linked with a move across the Atlantic. He could be in for a huge pay cheque if he decides to make a move and have one final curtain call, similar to his compatriot and former Montreal Impact defender Alessandro Nesta who used to play with him at AC Milan.

Ambrosini was first linked with MLS teams last summer, with LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire reportedly offering contracts to the former Italy midfielder, before he opted to prolong his playing career in his homeland by signing a contract with the Viola.

He is now set to leave Fiorentina and is ready to leave Italian football for a new challenge in his illustrious career.

“I think I’ve finished with Italian football now, unless there are some sudden surprises. It would be too odd for me to stay. I am now going to take a break.”

Earlier reports this year suggested Orlando City SC, the new franchise for the 2015 season, could make him one of their designated players if he was to join them and the reference to taking a “break” opens the door to a move to Orlando, who won’t start playing until next March.

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Ambrosini could however join Montreal Impact, and join the Italian contingency already in Canada, with Marco Di Vaio and Matteo Ferrari both currently playing for the Impact.

The veteran midfielder would add a vast amount of experience to and MLS side after spending his entire playing career in Serie A, spending 18 years with AC Milan before making the move to Fiorentina last season.

If Massimo Ambrosini was to move to MLS, which club do you think he could sign for?

Orlando City targeting Brazilian superstars

Orlando City SC are looking at bringing in Brazilian midfielders Robinho and Kaka from AC Milan ahead of their debut season in Major League Soccer next year, according to reports across Italy.

The Orlando City franchise are set to join MLS next season, at the start of 2015, and have made the Brazilian stars their transfer priorities.

Kaka has been linked with the move since March, after he visited the franchise’s training facilities with owner and friend Flávio Augusto Da Silva.

Speaking to Corriere della Sera, the former Ballon d’Or winner stated that his next move will be to the US, when he leaves Milan for the second time in his career.

“One day, I would like to play in America, let’s see. At the end of the season, I will talk to [general manager Adriano Galliani]. Not just to speak about bonuses and money, money is not the main thing for me now, and I think that is understood.”

“If it turns out I need to move, I will choose the MLS,” Kaka added.

The 32-year-old would be an incredible coup for Orlando City, and Major League Soccer as well if he were to make the move stateside.

And today’s reports from Italy indicate that Robinho is also keen to make the move across to the US, following teammate Kaka to Orlando.

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(Photo: Thumbs up from Robinho, who fancies the move to MLS)

The Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that the former Real Madrid and Manchester City winger has the option to move to Orlando in time for next season, as well as having offers from Brazil.

The 30-year-old is set to leave Milan this summer, and it is believed that his likes the option of an extended break before joining up with Orlando City in time for next season.

His flair would certainly light up MLS and he would undoubtedly thrive in the league.

The same report confirms that Kaka is also likely to join the side in time for the new season, but he will remain with Milan until January, before heading over to the US.

Both Kaka and Robinho were omitted from the Brazilian national side for this summer’s World Cup and are now ready to enjoy a new challenge away from European football.

Do you think Kaka and Robinho will make the move to Orlando City?