LA Galaxy confirm deal finalised for ex-Tottenham playmaker Giovani dos Santos

Giovani Dos Santos

The Villarreal forward is set to link up with Steven Gerrard and former Spurs teammate Robbie Keane at the StubHub Center, club president Chris Klein has confirmed.

The LA Galaxy have finalised a deal to sign Villarreal playmaker Giovani dos Santos, club president Chris Klein has confirmed to the LA Times.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but a team official confirmed to the newspaper that the Mexico international’s transfer fee was around $7 million [£4.5 million], while his annual salary is believed to be close to the $6 million [£3.8 million] the Galaxy are paying fellow big-name signing Steven Gerrard.

“There's a lot of things that have to happen for a deal of this magnitude,” Klein said. “We've had an interest in Giovani Dos Santos. And I think he's always had an interest in us.

“It just took time for everything to come together.”

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena added: “He [Dos Santos] has the individual flair that sometimes we lack in the final third of the field. His running off the ball's good. He can go by people. He has an excellent first touch. He's a finisher. He can pass.

“He's got all those great little qualities in and around the penalty area.”

LA’s deal for Dos Santos comes following a long-running pursuit of the former Barcelona hotshot which dates back to 2011, before the MLS club began negotiations with his agent in recent weeks after Villarreal declared their intentions to cash in on his signature.

The club currently have all three Designated Player spots filled by captain Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Gerrard, respectively, but the recent introduction of “targeted allocation funds” allows teams to pay down the salary of DPs [Gonzalez in this case] to open up another slot.

Aged 26, Dos Santos is entering the prime of his career and, as one of the stars of the Mexico national team, would be a major commercial draw among the Latino population of Southern California.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur attacker had an underwhelming 2014-15 campaign, recording three assists and one just one goal in 26 La Liga appearances, but few doubt that he possess the qualities to pose a nightmare for MLS defenders.

Set to form part of a formidable attack at the StubHub Center alongside former Spurs teammate Keane and Liverpool legend Gerrard, the odds on Arena’s men winning a fourth MLS Cup title in five seasons are about to get a lot shorter.

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