Despite already preparing for the arrival of Steven Gerrard, the LA Galaxy are reported to be in talks with another big-name star about a move to MLS.
According to Spanish news outlet El Periodico Mediterraneo, the MLS Cup holders are in discussions with Villarreal forward Giovani dos Santos about a €7 million [£4.9 million] switch to LA ahead of the league’s transfer window opening next month.
The report states that Dos Santos, 26, is guaranteed to leave Villarreal this summer following a frustrating season with the La Liga side that saw him record just six goals and seven assists in 40 total appearances.
The Mexico international has been drawing interest from Liga MX's Tigres but, with the paper suggesting that he is not keen on a return to his homeland, MLS has now emerged as his likeliest destination.
However, should the Galaxy wish to make a move for former Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur playmaker, it could likely only happen following the league’s introduction of the long-rumoured “core player rule" [h/t Metro US].
The club currently have all three Designated Player slots filled by captain Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and the incoming Steven Gerrard but the mooted rule would allow teams to add a fourth signing over the league’s maximum wage restriction of $436,250 [£277,637.24].
Regardless, there is no doubt that Dos Santos, who has 86 caps for Mexico, would prove a huge addition to not just LA but also MLS on a whole were he to make the switch across the Atlantic.
As well as being a major commercial draw, the two-time World Cup veteran is entering the prime of his career and boats spells with Barca, Tottenham and Real Mallorca on his palmarès.
With Gerrard’s impending arrival and their current attacking options, it is debatable whether Bruce Arena’s side need the ex-Spurs attacker at this point but, were he to turn up at the StubHub Center in the near future, then the rich would be getting much richer.