It is being widely reported that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will announce his decision tomorrow to leave the club at the end of the year.
Sources have informed ESPN FC that Steven Gerrard will announce he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season. http://t.co/MQeyv7Tm2D
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 1, 2015
According to Italian reports, the LA Galaxy have made a formal offer to Steven Gerrard.
Would you like the see the Galaxy use their DP slot on the Liverpool legend? Sounds kind of rumor-ish, but you never know.
Here are few other names that could help strengthen the Galaxy midfield this season.
Sacha Kljestan: A starter for years at Belgian powerhouse Anderlecht, Kljestan has seen limited action under new manager Besnik Hasi, who recently admitted that Kljestan is available for a fair offer.
An experienced, versatile central midfielder who is comfortable in the final third, Kljestan isn't a natural No. 10 but excels at making the pass that leads to goal scoring opportunities. His inclusion in the LA lineup would add more class to what is already a technically strong midfield. And at 29, he is still somewhat young but has the veteran experience Bruce likes.
It also helps Aderlecht were about to loan Kljestan to LA for six months before the league nixed the deal, so the interest is mutual.
The question is, can the Galaxy sign Kljestan without using a valuable Designated Player slot? Theoretically, it is possible for LA to acquire Kljestan as a DP and pad down his salary with allocation money, assuming Sacha passes the mysterious threshold that doesn't subject the Huntington Beach native to the allocation order.
Based on the numbers, if Hasi is looking to dump Kljestan's contract and Sacha is willing to take a small pay cut, it could happen.
Mix Diskerud: A true attacking midfielder, Mix has the creativity to unlock a defense with his range of passing. Could be used in the middle or on the left.
The problem? Diskerud has trouble nailing down a deal. First he wanted to sign with Portland, then negotiations broke down at the last minute. Then Columbus, where his dad apparently reneged on a handshake deal Jerry Maguire style.
Summer. I am too hot. Crew cut?
— Mix Diskerud (@MixDiskerud) August 2, 2014
There were rumors of him heading to Club Tijuana in Liga MX, followed by some cryptic Twitter poetry.
By Xolos impressed by Pushkins caressed Tjernen falsely second-guessed MLS-fans' ambitions stressed Qatarsis? - yet not at all depressed
— Mix Diskerud (@MixDiskerud) December 22, 2014
Now he's got the decision down to 4 clubs, including Rosenborg, the club he supposedly doesn't want to play for anymore.
LA would be lucky to have the 24-year old, but when a player is entertaining interest from Qatar, who knows. Does Mixx want to play in MLS, or does he want to get paid?
Alejandro Bedoya: Arguably the most in-form U.S. international in Europe right now, the Nantes midfielder has been performing well as of late.
After starting his career at small Swedish club Orebro and working his way up to a starting spot at a mid-table Ligue 1 club, Bedoya isn't likely to give up what he's earned so easily.
However, from listening to him in interviews, Bedoya talks about the business side of the game enough that you get the impression if LA offered him serious money, he might be swayed enough to make a move stateside.
Although there hasn't been a lot of concrete news lately, Galaxy supporters should feel confident heading into the 2015 season. After passing on Cubo Torres and, according to rumors, passing on Ronaldinho, you have to imagine the Galaxy organization has something lined up.