Miroslav Klose ‘seriously considering’ MLS move, three clubs interested – report

Miroslav Klose is once again being linked with a move to Major League Soccer as the German striker reportedly wants to experience playing in the United States before ending his illustrious playing career.

The 37-year-old’s Lazio contract expires at the end of the season and so he could sign a pre-contract agreement from January 31, when he will have less than six months remaining on his current deal.

Reports from Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi claim the German forward is keen on a move to MLS with LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire all apparently interested.

The all-time leading FIFA World Cup goalscorer has not scored in five Serie A appearances so far this term and would seemingly like one last challenge before hanging up his boots.

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Klose was desperate to play in the Champions League with Lazio this season but he reportedly lost motivation after the club’s playoff exit to Bayer Leverkusen in August.

Of the three clubs linked with the German, LA Galaxy’s interest seems most strange. They are stacked in terms of attacking options and already have three Designated Players.

Chicago Fire and the Red Bulls both have one DP slot available but are unlikely to use that final slot on a 37-year-old. That said, Klose might decide to join on a non-DP deal and would therefore be a much more appealing option.

Should Miroslav Klose move to MLS before retiring from football? Which club need him most?

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Is this Lazio star set for a move to MLS?

Reports from Italy suggest Lazio captain, Stefano Mauri, has been released from his contract after it expired on June 30.

On Tuesday, July 7, it was claimed a breakdown in negotiations between the two parties ended with the conclusion that his future is elsewhere. Mauri has been tempted to a move Stateside that would see him follow footsteps of Italians Sebastian Giovinco, who moved to Toronto FC earlier this year and former Montreal Impact striker Marco Di Vaio. 

In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport Mauri claimed he would be interested in a move to MLS.

“If an interesting offer were to come from the MLS, then I would have to think about it, that’s for sure.”

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Mauri and several others are currently embroiled in a match fixing probe, which saw him suspended from football for six months toward the back end of 2013.

With Lazio President Claudio Lolito keen to distance himself and the club away from the match fixing allegations, negotiations of a new contract appear to have ended.

Mauri joined Lazio in 2006 from Serie A rivals Udinese and was reportedly close to agreeing a one year extension, but with that looking increasingly unlikely, a move to MLS could be on the cards.

Would a move to MLS be good for Mauri?

Sporting Kansas City hoping to land Arsenal target for free – report

Sporting Kansas City are interested in signing Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma when his contract expires at the end of the month, according to reports out of Italy.

The 32-year-old holding midfielder was being linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal in January after his agent revealed Gunners scouts had been watching him in Italy.

And although Arsene Wenger never made an official move, he could be waiting to try and sign him on a free transfer when the window opens next month.

If that is the case, he will face competition from Sporting KC as the MLS club are looking to lure Ledesma stateside with a Designated Player contract.

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Graham Zusi and Matt Besler are both DP’s, leaving SKC with one slot available and Ledesma could be the man to fill it.

Southampton, New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact have also previously been linked with Ledesma as a real battle to secure his services looks set to ensue.

The Argentine midfielder has been with Lazio for nine years, making over 300 appearances for the Serie A outfit and netting 14 goals with 41 assists.

He made just 13 league appearances this season though as his services are no longer needed with the Biancocelesti and MLS could be his next destination.

Would Cristian Ledesma be a good signing for Sporting Kansas City? Will Arsenal try to sign him?

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: United close on Madrid star, Liverpool’s SHOCK bid & German’s MLS move unlikely

Daily transfer roundup (Friday, June 5)

MLS Rumours

Miroslav Klose looks set to stay with Lazio. The German seemed to be on his way out but club director, Igli Tare has distanced the goalscorer from a move, stating that he has one year remaining on his contract and hasn’t expressed a desire to leave. (REPORT)

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Meanwhile, Klose’s teammate, Cristian Ledesma‘s exit is at a standstill. The midfielder had reportedly fallen out with the club and MLS is a possible destination. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United‘s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has met with Karim Benzema’s agent. A £40 million bid could be enough to secure the Frenchman’s services. (REPORT)

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Liverpool have made contact with regard to a surprise bid for Real Madrid Goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The Spanish national captain is expected to leave the club as they hope to land United’s David de Gea. (REPORT)

Everton are closing in on signing Manchester United’s Tom Cleverly with a five-year deal reportedly agreed between the two clubs for the midfielder. (REPORT)

United set to HIJACK move for £36m-rated Chelsea target

Manchester United are ready to submit an offer for Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, according to The Express.

United have sent scouts to watch the 22 year old on a number of occasions this season and Chelsea are reportedly also interested in the Brazilian.

Reports suggest that United are readying a £36 million bid for the midfielder who they see as a replacement for flop, Angel Di Maria.

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Anderson has scored ten goals in 30 Serie A appearances this season and has played in a key role in Stefano Pioli’s side.

Louis Van Gaal could provide Anderson with more first team football than Chelsea as he is set for another summer revamp of his United squad.

Jose Mourinho has claimed he will be doing ‘a little’ business in the summer transfer window, but with his midfield looking settled, regular playing time seems unlikely for any addition to his squad.

Will Felipe Anderson sign for Manchester United? Do Chelsea need him?

Louis Van Gaal sends assistant to Italy to watch multiple targets

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal sent an assistant to Napoli to watch the Serie A side’s Coppa Italia semi-final with Lazio tonight, with at least three players being monitored ahead of possible summer moves, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Italian duo faced off at the San Paolo, with Lazio coming out on top in a tight 1-0 win to seal a place in the final against Juventus, and United took the opportunity to watch some of their transfer targets up close.

Lazio duo Felipe Anderson and Lucas Biglia were both being scouted, as was Napoli’s star man Gonzalo Higuain.

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Biglia is an experienced defensive midfielder, and was also a target for United in January but could be signed this summer for around £8 million.

His Lazio teammate Felipe Anderson is an exciting left-winger, who can play across the front line, and is also a target for Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The 21-year-old Brazilian forward has scored 10 goals with eight assists in 26 games across Serie A and the Coppa Italia this season and has already been watched by United scouts on a couple of occasions this year.

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While Higuain is also being watched, despite being linked with a summer move to Arsenal. Van Gaal is going to need to strengthen his attack this summer as Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie are both likely to depart.

Edinson Cavani has been strongly linked with a £60 million switch to Old Trafford but Higuain is also an exciting option and has scored 23 goals in all competitions for Napoli this season.

Should Manchester United make a move for any of the three players reportedly being watched in Napoli? Who should be a priority?

Lazio’s Cristian Ledesma targeted by Southampton and two MLS clubs

Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma is being tracked by Southampton, Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls, according to Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Ledesma is out of contract with the Serie A club in the summer and he is not set to renew his current deal with the team he has been with for the past nine seasons.

He will therefore be able to move on for free and can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with any interested parties now.

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Premier League club Southampton are reportedly interested in the Argentine-born Italian international but the Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls have both made approaches for the 32-year-old midfield veteran.

Fiorentina and Bologna are also linked as Ledesma looks to be a player in demand.

He has only made ten appearances in all competitions for Lazio this season, scoring one goal and adding one assist but he has made 312 total appearances for the Rome-based club since joining from Lecce in 2006.

A move to MLS looks to be a real option and Montreal will hope that their history of capturing Italians from Serie A could help them to lure Ledesma to Canada.

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The Impact brought Alessandro Nesta and Marco Di Vaio to Major League Soccer in 2012 and would be willing to bolster their midfield with the addition of Ledesma this summer.

But the New York Red Bulls are also be keen, having lost Tim Cahill, and they have money to spend as well as two Designated Player slots to fill following the departures of Cahill and Thierry Henry this offseason.

Ledesma is thought to be keen on a new challenge outside of Italy and he could well be the latest name to join MLS in 2015, though interest from Southampton could be a key factor.

Should Cristian Ledesma make the move to MLS?