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Report: LA Galaxy acquire Jonathan dos Santos in $5 million deal

Gio’s younger brother is probably heading to LA

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The Galaxy are moving fast this summer transfer window.

Soon after bringing in Dutch right back Pele Van Anholt, it appears LA will use their 3rd and final Designated Player slot on Villarreal midfielder Jonathan dos Santos.

Multiple sources confirmed to the Galaxy have agreed to pay a $5 million dollar transfer fee for the 27-year-old and younger brother of Gio dos Santos.

The Galaxy have completed the transfer of Dos Santos on a $5 million deal from Spanish club Villarreal, sources confirmed to Goal. Spanish outlet Mediterraneo reported on Monday that the Galaxy and Villarreal had agreed on a transfer fee, with Dos Santos and the Galaxy finalizing personal terms on Tuesday.

Details of Dos Santos' contract are unknown, but one league source tells Goal Dos Santos will be on a deal which would put him in the $2-3 million range. He will be the Galaxy's third designated player, joining brother Giovani and French midfielder Romain Alessandrini.

The Galaxy have been linked to a move for Jonathan Dos Santos since January, when Goal reported the team's intention to make a move for him. A winter move for Dos Santos never materialized, but the seeds were planted for a future acquisition. After failing to land any of their big-ticket striker targets, the Galaxy resumed their approach for Dos Santos and finalized the deal at a time when the Galaxy are struggling badly and could use his presence in midfield.

The Dos Santos transfer could signal the end in LA for one of the Galaxy's other high-priced central midfielders in Joao Pedro and Jermaine Jones, who both joined the Galaxy this past winter. Unloading one of them could help pave the way for some forward help this season.

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard Jermaine Jones’ days could be numbered, so that last tidbit is certainly an eyebrow raiser.

Update: Yep, he’s coming. The LA Times reported the deal this morning, and it appears Jona will officially sign with the Galaxy tomorrow before an official presentation on Friday.