Report: Orlando City keen on Crystal Palace and Swansea-linked winger Ola John

The Dutchman is looking to leave Benfica this summer and Portuguese reports claim that MLS could be his next destination.

Orlando City SC are looking to beat the likes of Crystal Palace and Swansea City to the signing of Benfica winger Ola John, according to Portuguese news outlet A Bola.

John, 23, scored four times in 36 total appearances for Benfica last season after spending the second half of the previous campaign on loan at Hamburg, and netted the winning goal in May’s 2-1 Portuguese League Cup final victory over Maritimo.

Nevertheless, most of the Dutchman’s appearances last term come from the substitute bench and he is now believed to be after a move elsewhere to secure regular first-team football.

Palace and Swansea have been named as potential suitors in recent weeks, with the latter said to have held talks with his brother and agent Collins John, but the Welsh club stopped short of agreeing a fee [h/t Daily Mail].

A Bola’s report claims that both teams are still keen on the £7 million-rated wide man but adds that Orlando are also in the discussion for his signature.

The MLS expansion club share a strong relationship with Benfica, having formed a partnership back in June 2014 which saw Portugal Under-20 internationals Rafael Ramos and Estrela move across the Atlantic, and are thus hoping to steal a march on rival interest.

In addition, Mais Futbol have also reported that the Florida-based outfit are looking to sign both John and midfield teammate Ruben Amorin, who Orlando Soccer Daily claimed earlier this week has been offered a deal worth around $300,000 to $500,000 [£194,4410 to £324,016] per annum.

The Kaka-led club are in need of some midfield help to aid their post-season push, having gotten off to a solid start to their inaugural MLS campaign, but a move for John looks rather ambitious on paper.

Amorin, 30, would seems like a more realistic target at this point but, considering all the other big-name arrivals in MLS of late, it would be foolish to write off Orlando’s chances of adding both to their roster this summer.

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