Raul could crash Manchester City’s MLS party with New York Cosmos move

The former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 striker is being lined up by the New York Cosmos in a development that could put New York City in the shade.

The arrival of superstars like Frank Lampard and David Villa at Manchester City’s brand new Major League Soccer franchise New York City is already in danger of being overshadowed by the arrival of an even bigger legend of the European game – Raul Gonzalez Blanco.

Known simply as Raul to football fans across the globe, the former Spain international, who played over 500 games for Real Madrid in a star-studded career that included six La Liga title victories as well as a further three Champions League successes, is reportedly heading to the US.

And the news could not be worse for Manchester City and NYCFC, with website Empire of Soccer claiming that the 37-year-old Spaniard is in discussions with the New York Cosmos over a move.

The former La Roja captain has reportedly met with head coach Giovanni Savarese and fellow former Spain international Marcos Senna to discuss the move with the news provider claiming that these talks have gone "exceptionally well".

Any deal for veteran forward would potentially eclipse Manchester City’s similar recruitment efforts, despite the calibre of both Lampard and Villa, with Raul representing something close to soccer royalty as the record top scorer in the history of the Champions League with 323 goals.

Currently plying his trade in the Middle East with Al Sadd, Raul had previously claimed he was set to bring the curtain down on his glittering career at the end of the current season.

But that could well change if the Cosmos can make him an offer too good to refuse, with the prospect of playing in America and, more specifically, New York likely to be a tempting one for one of the living legends of the modern game.

The Big Apple is certainly shaping up to be the place to be for soccer in the US, given the presence of Arsenal and Barcelona legend Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls.

Raul’s arrival could take things to a whole new level though.

Take a look at some of Raul's best ever goals below:

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