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Report: Rooney, Fabregas, Hernandez among LAFC targets

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Los Angeles FC has their sights set on several global stars as the club moves towards its 2018 kickoff.

According to ESPN, LAFC is interested in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas, Luka Modric and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez as the club lookes to sign a “global star” ahead of their debut season. LAFC has reportedly shortlisted 10 players that could sign with the team as a marquee addition ahead of 2018.

“For a player of stature, a European star let’s say, we would want them to view this as the first day of the rest of their life, not as just the end of their playing career,” said LAFC owner Tom Penn. “If they come to America, and establish themselves in that media market, there are many creative ways with our ownership group and investors to help kickstart or boost the afterlife of their career, as they transition to the real world later.

“We are speaking with player agents and clubs and John Thorrington, our executive vice-president of soccer operations, has been in England for a number of technical meetings. So in terms of timings, we have the opportunity in the summer window to announce who our players will be in 2018. They will likely be loaned back so they can continue to play in Europe, but we can have three Designated Players that can exceed the salary cap and we can work creative arrangements with them financially. So we expect to be working on that in the next nine months, towards an announcement in the summer.”

Penn went on to discuss Rooney in particular, as the England international’s club situation continues to be a talking point at Manchester United.

“Wayne Rooney is an example of the caliber of player we are looking to bring to LAFC,” said Penn. “He is one of 10 names we are looking at, but we are a long way from signing anybody up right now.

“We are still 18 months away from our first MLS game, so we will see if players of Rooney’s status and reputation are interested. But LAFC is a club with the ambition to match its surroundings, so it is important for us to attract players with a global reputation.”

7 comments
    • johnny99

      LAFC doesn’t start playing until 2018. Chicharito’s contract is up in mid-2018. I could see it happening, assuming they offered an obscene amount of money.

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  • dave@cox.net

    It will be Hernandez… I bumped into one of their minority owners a few months back, and while i kept pimping Ibra, he kept saying it will be Hernandez (in his opinion).

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  • UclaBruinGreat

    And I am targeting Rihanna, Margot Robbie, Kendall Jenner, Rachel Mcadams, Kristine Leahy, Megyn Kelly, Ivanka Trump, Selena Gomez, Shakira, and many many others.

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  • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US

    Man, they just keep going there. I get why the players are going there. Moving down the PL ladder, wasting your career, isn’t something I would wish on an enemy.

    But WHY would an MLS team do it, the chances of success on the field are so slim. Not saying it can’t happen, it just most likely wont. Look at the best teams Colorado, Dallas, Seattle, in the East NYRB, Toronto. Nope x 5.

    WHY do it?

    It has to be money over chances of winning.

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