Manchester City star reiterates desire to move to MLS

Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri has again commented on where he could play before his career comes to an end, and has once again talked up a possible MLS move.

The Frenchman, who signed a huge five-year contract last summer, is preparing for preseason training with City after missing chunks of last season through injury.

But that hasn’t stopped him looking further ahead into the future. AS Roma have been linked with a move for the former Arsenal man in recent times but Nasri has his eyes set on Major League Soccer.

“Going back to France? I don’t think so. I’d like to play in MLS because I love the culture in America,” he told Sky Sports in an in-depth interview. “Coaching? Why not? I’m going to start to take my badges soon so that when I finish I can look forward straight away.”

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It’s not the first time the 27-year-old has gone out of his way to talk up a move stateside after admitting back in March that he would love to follow in Thierry Henry’s footsteps.

“I would like the MLS, like Thierry Henry. I love the lifestyle in the USA and everything about it.”

His immediate focus will be on City and trying to help them to regain their Premier League title that Chelsea stole away last term.

But Nasri clearly has one eye on MLS as a future move stateside looks a real possibility.

Would Samir Nasri become one of Major League Soccer’s best players were he to move?

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Manchester United striker ‘open to MLS move’ according to agent

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez is on his way out of Old Trafford this summer, and after failing to earn a permanent switch to Real Madrid following his loan spell this season, he will need to find a new challenge.

His agent, Eduardo Hernandez, has told Univision Deportes that the Mexican striker will not be playing for Manchester United next term and did little to quash rumours of a move to the United States, admitting that his representatives are “open to MLS”.

Clubs across Europe are also keen on Hernandez as the 27-year-old poacher is in high demand. He has one year left on his United contract and will therefore cost a transfer fee.

That could be a stumbling block for any MLS side interested, with Orlando City the club most strongly linked with the former Chivas Guadalajara attacker.

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He would almost certainly demand a Designated Player contract were he to move to MLS and his agents comments have left the window open.

The Univision report claims United would be willing to lower their asking price for Hernandez to help any move go through but if European sides are unwilling to take the risk, a move stateside will surely ensue.

This looks set to be an on-off transfer rumour but the longer it goes without Hernandez finding a club, the higher the chances of a move to MLS.

Would Javier Hernandez thrive in Major League Soccer?

Monaco release former United striker with MLS switch a possibility

AS Monaco have today announced that Dimitar Berbatov will be leaving the club this summer and the former Manchester United forward could now look to seal an MLS move.

Berbatov moved to Monaco in January 2014 from Fulham and scored a total of 18 goals in 53 games for the French side with eight assists.

The former Tottenham Hotspur star is 34 now but is likely to look for one more challenge before retiring.

A move to Major League Soccer could be a real possibility as he possesses incredible technique and would add goals to most sides across the league, though newly promoted Premier League team Bournemouth are also reportedly interested.

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He would likely have to be signed to a Designated Player contract because of his high wage demands but there are sides out there looking to strengthen this summer, particularly in attack, and so a move stateside cannot be ruled out.

Berbatov moved to the Premier League from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006 to join Spurs, where he scored 46 goals in 102 appearances, before moving to Manchester United in 2008 in a huge £30 million deal.

The Bulgarian forward netted 56 times in 149 appearances for the Red Devils before joining Fulham, and scored against the MLS All-Stars in the 2011 game at Red Bulls Arena, in a game United won 4-0.

Would a move to MLS suit Dimitar Berbatov? Which clubs could use the striker?

Former United assistant to help Liverpool hero complete move to MLS – report

The Philadelphia Union could be on the verge of completing a summer move for former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise, with former Manchester United assistant Rene Meulensteen playing a key part in any move, according to Philadelphia CBS.

Meulensteen joined the Union back in November as a special consultant but is leaving the MLS side after just six months as a return to coaching in the Indian Super League could be in store.

Though his parting gift with the Union could see John Arne Riise complete an MLS switch, as the Dutchman has urged Philadelphia chiefs to consider a move for the 34-year-old left-back.

Riise spent the last season in Cyprus with APOEL FC but has decided not to extend his contract beyond this summer and so he will be looking for one more challenge before possibly retiring.

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A move to MLS is said to be an “attractive” option for the Norwegian and the Union could follow up Meulensteen’s recommendation with an official approach to Riise.

If the former United coach returns to management quickly he could try and sign Riise after working with him in the Premier League with Fulham in 2014, but a move to MLS remains a real possibility.

Riise was a part of the Liverpool side that famously won the UEFA Champions League in 2005, grabbing the assist for the first of the three Reds comeback strikes.

He made a total of 339 appearances for Liverpool before joining AS Roma in 2008. Riise helped APOEL FC to a domestic double this season and could be arriving stateside for his football soon.

Would John Arne Riise be a good signing for the Philadelphia Union? 

Transfer roundup: Wenger ‘likes’ Juve star, United forward to MLS, Timbers keen on Drogba

Daily transfer roundup (Wednesday, May 27)

MLS RUMOURS

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 26, is set to leave the club this summer after returning from his loan spell with Real Madrid. His agent confirmed they have a whole host of tempting offers on the table, one of which includes a Major League Soccer club in the USA, likely to be Orlando City. (REPORT)

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has confirmed that his MLS club are interested in Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, and Juventus midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo, 36. Both have been linked with moves to MLS this week and the Timbers boss has done little to quell the rumours. (REPORT)

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New York City FC are looking to bolster their defence with the addition of U.S. International defender Oguchi Onyewu, 33, on a free transfer. He’s just left Championship side Charlton Athletic after making just three league appearances, and is now looking for his fifth club in three years. (REPORT)

PREMIER LEAGUE RUMOURS

Tottenham are reportedly lining up a £12m offer for Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22. Ings is out of contract in June but Spurs are keen to seal the deal and beat their rivals to his signature. Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the Englishman in the past. (REPORT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he likes Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, after the Chilean was linked with a move to the Gunners this week. (REPORT)

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Stoke City defender Robert Huth, 30, is looking to join Leicester City on a permanent basis in a deal worth £3m. The German defender joined on-loan in January and has made 14 appearances. (REPORT)

DONE DEALS

Newly promoted Bournemouth have confirmed the signing of Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici, 30, on a free transfer. The Cherries signed him on a three-year deal after his contract expired at the end of the season. He joins fellow ‘keeper Artur Boruc, 35, to the club who signed a permanent deal following his loan move. (REPORT)

Stoke City have signed goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard, 23, from Danish club FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee. (REPORT)

Graham Dorrans, 28, has signed a two-year deal with Norwich City. He joined the Canaries on-loan in February 2015 and has now made the deal permanent. (REPORT)

Former Real Salt Lake Striker interested in MLS return – report

Former Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan is interested in a return to Major League Soccer, according to his agent.

When asked of a potential move back to the States, Movsisyan’s agent Patrick McCabe stated that “he’s very interested in a return to MLS”, as reported by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Selected as the 4th overall pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards, Movsisyan is currently playing for Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League, and is supposedly exploring his options. With his agent adding that MLS would be a desired destination.

“It would be a number of options I think he would have, but he’s definitely open-minded at this point.

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“I’m hopeful that a return to MLS can be worked out, but I’m also realistic in that I know it may not,” said McCabe.

An MLS Cup winner with Real Salt Lake in 2009, Movsisyan boasts an impressive record with the franchise, scoring 15 goals in 53 appearances for the Western Conference outfit.

A move to Real Salt Lake would be likely, should he return to MLS. However, its impossible to rule out a reunification with former boss Jason Kreis. Kreis is of course manager of expansion franchise New York City FC.

Would Yura Movsisyan benefit from a move back to Major League Soccer in the near future?

Barcelona legend Carles Puyol to come out of retirement for MLS move – report

FC Barcelona’s long-time captain and defensive legend, Carles Puyol could be set to come out retirement in order to play in Major League Soccer, according to reports out of Spain.

The 37-year-old centre-back hasn’t played a competitive game since March last year as he retired at the end of the campaign to take up a role in the Catalan giants’ technical department, though that spell only lasted six months as Puyol resigned from his post in January.

He is currently living in New York with his partner and could be set to play in MLS, though Puyol has also been linked with a move to Qatar.

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A report by Spanish publication Sport claims that the Colorado Rapids would be interested in acquiring the services of the 2010 World Cup winner, though a source later told the Denver Post that “the Rapids have not extended an offer”.

As well as the Rapids, New York clubs NYCFC and the New York Red Bulls could be interested in signing Puyol, as Mundo Deportivo claims.

The three-time Champions League winner has been working on his fitness but having not played a competitive game for over a year, signing the Spanish defender would certainly be an expensive gamble.

Would Carles Puyol be a good signing for an MLS side? Or is it too late for that?

Former Spurs fan-favourite talks up possible MLS switch

Hamburg captain Rafael van der Vaart will leave the Bundesliga side this summer and a switch to MLS is looking a real possibility as the former Spurs star has revealed he “can imagine” playing in the United States.

Speculation surrounding a move to MLS was fuelled by Sporting Kansas City CEO Robb Heineman after he took to Twitter to reveal he was watching the Dutch playmaker in Germany at the end of February.

Heineman went on to update the situation surrounding Van der Vaart and Sporting Kansas City’s interest last week as he stated nothing was agreed at this stage.

When Van der Vaart was asked about a move to America, he was open to the possibility and wants to be playing at a high level for a few more years yet.

“Everything’s open at the moment,” he told Kicker. “But I can imagine playing in America. I want to keep playing at a good level for a few years.”

If Van der Vaart was to join SKC, he would be a great addition to a squad full of talent, boasting the likes of Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza and Bernardo Anor in midfield, defensive powerhouses Ike Opara and Matt Besler, and English striker Dom Dwyer.

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His wealth of experience of playing at the top level with Real Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and the Dutch National Team will give players the opportunity to learn from the 32-year-old midfielder.

Sporting KC have one Designated Player slot available and would likely use it to bring Van der Vaart to MLS if a deal is agreed in the coming months.

Will Rafael van der Vaart make the move to MLS? Would he be a good signing for Sporting Kansas City?

Three potential signings to replace Landon Donovan at LA Galaxy

With the recent retirement of Landon Donovan, the LA Galaxy has a huge hole to fill in their squad and an unoccupied designated player slot too. Though replacing the US soccer legend is no easy task.

Donovan leaves behind a great legacy with the Galaxy having recently lead them to his fourth MLS Cup title with the franchise and his sixth overall – the most titles won by any player.

However, it remains to be seen how LA will look to replace him. An attacking option is set to be added to the squad before the start of the new MLS season in March. Though they may wait until the summer if the right name is available then.

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Much of the post-Donovan chat has been on the permanent move to MLS for Erick Torres, but he has gone back to parent club Chivas Guadalajara in Mexico to help with their ongoing relegation struggle.

Bruce Arena may have to adjust his formation due to the loss of Donovan, which could expand the potential list of suitors.

His current 4-4-2 formation has seemed to work for some time now, but the loss of Donavan leaves a huge hole in the Galaxy squad.

Here are three potential replacements:

Darren Bent (Striker) – Aston Villa (England)

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England international striker Darren Bent has been somewhat of a forgotten man since Paul Lambert took over the reigns at Villa. And so Bent could do with a new challenge after seeing his starting place handed to Belgium front man Christian Benteke.

He could be a great partner for MLS MVP Robbie Keane, having previously played at Tottenham Hotspur as well as at Villa together. But this would mean re-positioning Gyasi Zardes from the Galaxy attack to accommodate Bent.

Ronaldinho (Attacking Midfielder) – Querétaro F.C. (Mexico)

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The World Cup winning Brazilian needs no introduction and a move to MLS giants LA Galaxy could be the swansong he deserves.

Ronaldinho can operate on either flank, through the middle or up front so he would be a suitable replacement for Donovan in terms of versatility. However, he doesn’t posses the defensive qualities of Donovan and so Zardes could be forced out wide to accommodate Ronaldinho’s arrival too.

Andrea Pirlo (Midfielder) – Juventus (Italy)

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Pass-master Pirlo is a World Cup winner like Ronaldinho and would further strengthen the Galaxy midfield. Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho could benefit by having Pirlo just in behind them to give them more freedom to attack.

He’s been linked with a move recently and the potential signing of Pirlo could would allow Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes to continue their lethal strike partnership, while giving them a player who can provide service from deeper.

Who do you think LA Galaxy will replace Landon Donovan with?