Orlando's superstar skipper is reported to have contacted the Schalke midfielder to gauge his interest in joining the MLS club.
Boateng, 28, is expected to leave Schalke this summer, despite having another 12 months left to run on his contract, after falling out with the club’s management in spectacular fashion last season.
Along with forward Sidney Sam, the Ghana international was suspended indefinitely from the team following a 2-0 defeat at FC Cologne during the Bundesliga run-in, and sporting director Horst Heldt has since reiterated that neither have a future at the Velits-Arena.
While a shock return to Milan has been mooted in recent weeks [h/t Di Marzio], the former Tottenham Hotspur man has also been linked with an MLS move, with Kaka-led Orlando City SC now joining the New York Red Bulls on the list of potential suitors [h/t Metro US].
According to Di Marzio, the expansion side’s captain has been in contact with Boateng of late about a possible stateside switch, while the German-born midfielder himself would be interested in heading across the Atlantic.
Orlando currently have all three Designated Player slots filled by Kaka, Honduran forward Bryan Rochez and Colombian striker Carlos Rivas, respectively, but the long-rumoured introduction of the “core player rule” would allow teams to make a fourth signing above the league’s maximum wage restriction of $436,250 [£277,637.24].
Needing some attacking reinforcements ahead of the league’s transfer window opening next week, Boateng’s possible addition would prove a big boost to the club’s hopes of making the post-season in their inaugural campaign, although whether a phone call with Kaka will result in an offer materialising remains to be seen.
Despite his situation with Schalke, the German outfit are still said to be looking for a decent fee in return for his services, leaving European sides reluctant to commit to a deal following a lacklustre 2014-15 campaign in which he failed to score in 18 league appearances [h/t Bild].