It began as one report out of Spain this morning that Giovani dos Santos had rejected the LA Galaxy's transfer offer, reaffirming the rumored eight million Euro transfer fee for Giovani dos Santos offered by the LA Galaxy and adding the offer of two million Euros per year in salary. The report concluded that if Valencia wanted in on dos Santos they'd have to beat the offer made by the Galaxy, implying that recently relegated Mallorca might still pull the trigger if a better offer fails to come along.
MLSsoccer's Rumor Central chimed in, summarizing the report in English while only adding that the Galaxy declined to comment. The Ives translation summary of the report concluded that the Galaxy would have to up their offer to stay in, but if there's not a better offer yet it's unclear how offering more money would seal the deal.
I wrote as much in my morning links, as I gathered my thoughts. How would the LA Galaxy change if they were able to get dos Santos? Is he worth getting into a bidding war over?
With Juninho and Marcelo Sarvas doing well in the midfield, most seem to think dos Santos would start up top with Robbie Keane. This would end the Galaxy's reliance on using inexperienced forwards. As much potential as has been shown by Gyasi Zardes, Jose Villarreal, and Jack McBean, they can get senior team experience off the bench and continue their full development at the reserve level.
On Sunday against Chivas, Keane tended to slot behind Zardes. While Zardes was quick to pull the trigger and show off a lot of maybes, what LA needs are the selective shots of Keane. Having dos Santos slot behind Keane would be the sort of beneficial symbiotic relationship Keane and Donovan developed last season. This season Donovan is needed more on the flank.
Giovani dos Santos' highest rated position this year on Who Scored is right forward, though he only made one appearance there (and scored a goal to boot). He most often started at left forward where he has two goals and three assists. His strengths are headed attempts, crossing, and free kicks. The Galaxy have some talent on free kicks and crossing on both flanks now, but dos Santos being a threat to score off free kicks as well as being a counter attack threat will go a long way toward getting the Galaxy offense back in rhythm.
The Galaxy offense would be better with dos Santos. Much better. Chasing a third straight MLS Cup, the attendance bump that would result from the transfer, seem worth it from my perspective. Spend away.