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Diego Forlán heading to Major League Soccer?

May 17, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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It’s one of those rumors that has popped up in the past.

But this time, it has more solidity.

Diego Forlán has found his way back to South America for the last few years of his career with Internacional but speaking on a local radio station, Forlán professed his love for MLS.

“I would like to go to MLS. There have been no offers in the past. I have been their on holiday many times. It is a country I like a lot and would love to go there.”

Well now, that is interesting.

Obviously some emphasis may be lost in translation. But we get the main point. Forlán is open to a move to MLS.

So that begs the question: Would the 2010 World Cup player of the tournament have a similar impact to other veteran strikers in Thierry Henry or Robbie Keane? Or would he be another Freddie Ljungberg or Rafael Marquez?

What do you think?

Personally, I haven’t seen him play recently and don’t know what shape or form he is in. But what I do know: the guy is a workhorse who can finish. He went through a long barren spell at Manchester United when he first arrived in the EPL. But then he couldn’t stop scoring.

Then at Villarreal and Atletico Madrid he elevated himself into one of European soccer’s leading marksmen.

If that is the Diego Forlán on offer, then any MLS team should snap him up.

His salary would demand DP status. So there are a few clubs that spring to mind where Forlán would perhaps not fit in. His current salary in Brazil equates to roughly $2.5 million. An offer around that would be incredibly feasible for most MLS sides who are looking for a Designated Player.

Watch this space.. And oh yeah, watch this video below of his best moments from the 2010 World Cup.

Would love to see the long blonde locks of Forlán in MLS. Let’s hope this isn’t just silly season getting slightly out of hand, and it’s something more substantial.

  1. Dan - May 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I have said, for some time, that Union need to add a DP of someone like Forlan’s quality, or Michael Ballack when he retired or Miro Klose before his shift to Lazio. There are stars out there who still have tread on the tires. Why Union continue to play placid (or, more accurate, flaccid) is beyond me.

  2. charliej11 - May 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    The Sounders were the rumor. Man, that would be exactly what Seattle needs. Exactly.
    A midfielder that can score and can still play D.

    I understand completely when players say this, they are just expanding the number of teams wanting him and thus raising their salary…but in the case of Martins, the best team for him was the Sounders.

    • talgrath - May 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      The Sounders were the rumour, but at this point they are full up on DP’s and salary cap too. The only way they could pick him up would be to drop Mauro Rosales, Shalrie Joseph or Obafemi Martins. Of the three, Joseph is most likely, but I find it unlikely that they will go for it (this season) given that they just picked Joseph up and he is a lower-cost DP; Rosales technically could be a possibility, but he has been on fire in the last two games and has generally been a great creator for the club (when healthy).

      • jeremy1369 - May 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        The new rumor is FC Dallas.

  3. talgrath - May 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Offhand Philadelphia or Vancouver strike me as most likely, they have the DP spot and the cash to go after him, if they want to pick him up. Less likely, but still possible, would be Portland, but given their current run of form I don’t think they are shopping around right now. LA could, but would really want a higher quality player for a DP. Finally, there are a myriad of teams that could use his quality, have the DP spot but simply don’t have the cash. Assuming he wants $3 million (keep in mind he would be paying US taxes, which are higher compared to Brazil) you need a high mid-money club at a minimum to pick him up as a DP.

  4. jeremy1369 - May 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I know for a fact that FC Dallas Technical Director is person friends with Diego. Rumor had it he was on their radar. They just sold goal keeper Richard Sanchez for $1 million. They had extra money from the Brek Shea sale (some went to get Kenny Cooper). The extra funds at their disposal is more than enough to gain his services. That would just be killer to an already great attack.

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