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Giovani dos Santos chooses Villarreal over LA Galaxy

Giovani dos Santos will begin the next stage of his career with Villarreal. Both Villarreal and the LA Galaxy were suitors with competitive bids.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Giovani dos Santos signed with Villarreal today, as was reported over the weekend, ending the LA Galaxy's hopes of bringing the Mexican national team player to MLS. Grant Wahl tweeted out this confirming yet again that LA's offer was real:

It's discouraging to hear that dos Santos was counseled against moving to MLS by the Mexican FA, but it highlights the different ways US soccer and the Mexican FA see each other. The US national team has a handful of talent playing in Liga MX, and MLS academies lose prospects to Mexico with some frequency. However, MLS is not seen in the same light.

It also shows that the Galaxy are serious about filling that third DP slot, and that they're not limiting their targets to older players with few suitors. The question now becomes if the Galaxy continue to pursue targets for the summer transfer window, or if they hold off until they find the right DP who can be with the club for multiple years.