Credible rumors have been circulating that the LA Galaxy have been looking to add French winger Kévin Cabral, and those reports are reaching a fever pitch of late, with Corner of the Galaxy, MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert and French sports outlet L’Equipe all reporting a deal is nearly done as of Monday.
Cabral, 21, has played his entire pro career to date for Ligue 2 outfit Valenciennes after coming up in the Paris Saint-Germain academy. He made his first-team debut in 2018, and this season has scored seven goals in 29 league appearances, along with three goals in domestic cup action.
The reported transfer fee is “a bit more” than $5 million, according to Bogert, which leaves some to wonder if the Galaxy’s $10 million pursuit of Cristian Pavón is officially over. I’m not sure, to be honest, since a $15 million transfer outlay, on top of the hefty fee paid last year for Chicharito, would certainly represent new territory for the Galaxy. Having said that, I would be reluctant to declare the Pavón pursuit dead until the club says it’s dead.
But it looks like Cabral will be the second French attacker added for the 2021 season, alongside Samuel Grandsir. Perhaps they can adjust to life in the United States and MLS together and make it a softer acclimation period?
This deal is not yet official, but I expect it likely will be in a matter of days. The sources are reputable and this rumor has been rumbling on for a couple weeks, with the reports gaining intensity. All we have to do now is wait for official word, it seems. Stay tuned.
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