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Report: Jonathan dos Santos in negotiations with Galaxy

The LA Galaxy have long been linked with Jonathan dos Santos, and it appears the club is making progress with their pursuit of the Mexican star.

According to ESPN, dos Santos is in the midst of negotiating his departure from Villarreal in favor of a move to the Galaxy. In doing so, he would join his brother Giovani as a member of the MLS club.

Reports out of Spain state that the Mexican midfielder has yet to join Villarreal for preseason following El Tri’s participation in the Confederations Cup and the club has reportedly given dos Santos several extra days off as he looks to resolve his club future. According to the report, the club has agreed to terms surrounding a move for between €5-6 million.

The report also says dos Santos has become expendable for the club following the signing of Pablo Fornals.

Dos Santos has been linked with the Galaxy since the winter transfer window and would sign as the club’s third Designated Player alongside Romain Alessandrini and his brother Giovani.

13 comments
  • quozzel

    He’s a neat, nifty, technically adept midfielder with textbook passing form, but especially when you compare him to Guardado – who is headed to LAFC, by the way – he’s kind of a zero as a hustler and he doesn’t stick in nearly as tough. Guardado will fight and chase and battle you tooth and nail, Dos Santos just sorta cruises around in slo-mo making admittedly pretty passes.

    Would that really qualify him as the “best” midfielder in MLS? Again, I’d personally take Guardado, and I’d also take Kaka, Darlington Nagbe, Sacha Kljestan, Miguel Almiron, Mauro Diaz, Osvaldo Alonso, and Nicolas Lodeiro all ahead of him. So maybe the ninth-best. Maybe.

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  • Old School

    I’m a broken record on this philosophy, but I’m a huge supporter of MLS building itself as the go-to-place for CONCACAF talent.

    Of course, you’ll have some elite talent leave the region for Europe, but I think it’s fantastic to have our domestic league be home to its regional talent and helps elevate the competition across the board, as it appears to be doing so already with some smaller nations getting their players within MLS.

    As for Scott: It’s infinitely better than Euro-retreads pushing retirement. That is most often the alternative. Additionally, it’s a great market for his name/talent.

    As for quozzel: Twellman’s tweet seemed a bit hyperbolic and I noticed that too, but Kljestan? Really? I wanted to take your post seriously but that made it difficult.

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    • Scott e Dio93

      You still could find under 30 midfielder or forward, maybe not top elite but good enough for MLS & Champions League (CONCACAF).

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      • Old School

        This is where being a fan on the sidelines renders that speculation irrelevant.

        Do you have a name? Do you know if they have been pursued? Do you know how much the asking price would have been? Do you know if they were even interested in signing? Etc, etc.

        They appear to be getting Dos Santos. A 27 year old midfielder that is a good regional talent and has some name recognition. For MLS, that check marks enough boxes and should be deemed a good signing.

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    • quozzel

      His form with Red Bulls hasn’t always translated to the national team level – kinda like a Wondo, actually – but as far as MLS goes, Sacha kills it. He got 8 goals and 14 assists in 2015, 6 and 20 in 2016, and has 1 and 9 thus far this year, which is on pace for another 20-assist season even if he isn’t scoring like he did the prior two years.

      You think Dos Santos will equal that? I doubt it. He strings together a lot of pretty passes but as far as driving at people and making the killer ball I’ve never seen it, and as I also mentioned, he’s not near as active or combative as a Guardado is.

      If productivity isn’t a metric, what are we talking here? Perception? Paycheck? Reputation?

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  • Gary Page

    I think he’s better than his brother who has a tendency to disappear for long stretches. A good, but not great signing.

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  • Bryan

    Best midfielder in MLS? Why? I must have forgot about what a standout this guy has been throughout his career.

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  • Further Adu

    Why? He brings nothing to the league. He is not going to attract more fans to the game. He is not that good of a player. Big waste of time and money.

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