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Sacha Kljestan for Marcelo Sarvas?

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Will the Galaxy have to give up the Brazilian midfielder to acquire the U.S. international?

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Goal.com has learned LA are in pursuit of Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan.

"Sources have told Goal USA that the Galaxy could be ready to move midfielder Marcelo Sarvas, which could leave room for the acquisition of a player like Kljestan."

How exactly? Once NYCFC signs Mix Diskerud this week, the top spot in the allocation order shifts to Montreal, meaning the Galaxy would have to give up something big to pry it away, and Sarvas may just be that prized possession.

Galaxy fans have also wondered how LA can afford to sign Kljestan. As we first reported at the beginning of the year, Kljestan could theoretically sign as a Designated Player, then have his salary padded down with allocation funds so he doesn't count as a DP.

Look, there's no getting around it: Sarvas in many ways is the heart and soul of this LA Galaxy team. (Along with half a dozen other guys, but Marcelo is the emotional lynchpin whose never ending hard work and determination inspired fans and teammates alike)

His play down the stretch was inspirational, as it seemed he practically willed his way into making game changing plays at times.

That being said, Marcelo is 33 years old, and has just started to show signs of slowing down. And with Gerrard arriving in the summer and possibly Kljestan, Sarvas is no longer assured of a starting spot and may be the odd man out.

It would undoubtedly be a somber move for LA fans, much like the sentimental trade of Mike Magee in 2013, and yet you have to applaud the ambition of the Galaxy, who are clearly not resting on their success.