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Giovani dos Santos rejects transfer abroad, report says

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During the media rounds at the MLS Combine, we learned from new LA Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese that clubs outside the league have expressed interest in several of their Designated Players.

We already knew Romain Alessandrini’s agent has been talking with Parma who are interested in the Frenchman, but that interest is believed to be premature at best. However Ives Galarcep at Goal.com recently discovered via sources that Designated Player Giovani dos Santos, a player the organization are actively attempting to unload, has turned down a move from a club abroad.

Sources tell Goal that the Galaxy have already been approached with a transfer bid from abroad for Giovani dos Santos, but the Mexican midfielder turned down the opportunity.

This isn’t surprising news. Gio allegedly has a no-trade clause in his contract that prevents the El Tri attacker from an unfavorable move to another club.

That being said, had dos Santos turned down a move to say, Qatar, we wouldn’t hold it against him. If the offer was from a Liga MX club however? That would reveal more about Gio’s motivations, and possibly hint towards an inevitable conclusion.

Clearly Liga MX teams are not willing to pay his massive salary, and if Gio has the ability to reject offers from elsewhere, the Galaxy may have no other choice but to buy out his contract.