It is no secret that the Los Angeles Galaxy are making a push to contend in the Western Conference as the Major League Soccer club famous for making big moves to stay atop the MLS Cup contenders is looking to bring in a United States Men’s National team midfielder in Sacha Klejstan for the end of the regular season and hopefully the MLS Playoffs.
Klejstan currently plays for RSC Anderlecht as a consistent first team player, but according to Soccer By Ives that won’t stop Galaxy manager Bruce Arena from trying to move up the allocation spots in order to secure a move for the former Chivas USA man to come back to Southern California on a six month loan.
Soccer by Ives also reports a club ahead of the Galaxy would be interested in a loan deal, but can not afford to bring in Klejstan which could open up a trade possibility.
From Soccer by Ives:
The Galaxy are currently working to acquire veteran Sacha Kljestan from RSC Anderlecht via a loan, a source within MLS has confirmed to SBI. Kljestan would be subject to the MLS Allocation Order, which helps explain why the Galaxy executed a trade on Tuesday that saw them send young centerback Kofi Opare and a 2015 second round MLS SuperDraft Pick to D.C. United in exchange for a swap of allocation order positions that now has the Galaxy third in line behind the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas.
One of the teams in front of the Galaxy is said to be interested in Kljestan, but is unable to pay the loan fee that Anderlecht requires.
Under contract with Anderlecht through the 2015-16 season, Kljestan is expected to initially join Bruce Arena’s side via a six-month loan through the end of the season. Kljestan would be on Designated Player-type money, so him staying beyond the initial loan spell would require the Galaxy to free up a DP roster slot or MLS to raise the amount of DP spaces clubs can have. By arriving in MLS in mid-season, his salary could be pro-rated so that he would not count as a DP this season.
Klejstan has fallen out of favor with the Belgium giants as of late, and that may have had something to do with his international caps under Jurgen Klinsmann fall to the point that the 28 year old missed the World Cup entirely. Formerly a featured player with Anderlecht, a loan and eventual transfer could be in the American’s near future. At the moment it looks like Klejstan could be trading in European cup campaigns for an MLS Cup chase with the Galaxy for the time being.