With the Summer Transfer Window closing today, a flurry of transfer windows are still circulating and gaining momentum. Who is likely to sign last-minute?
After a quiet start, the Major League Summer Transfer Window has been busy over the last week. It looks like that trend will likely continue on as the window closes today, August 9. Lets get caught up on some of the more recent moves and rumors to look out for today.
In somewhat of a surprising move, Mexican attacker, Carlos Vela, was officially announced as Los Angeles FC’s new Designated Player signing. Vela will stay with Real Sociedad on loan until LAFC begins play in January.
DC United made a couple moves to make waves in the ultimate hours, most notably with Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Steiber. DC also made a few trades to clear up roster space. Lamar Neagle was moved to the Sounders, Bobby Boswell was moved to Atlanta, and it seems Sebastian La Toux could also be moved before the deadline. The team also made a couple of long-term signings to keep an eye on, with Bruno Mirando and Ashton LeBlanc.
They may not be done either. After trying to land Chilean international Gary Medel, they club is also in talks on getting a separate defensive midfielder instead, 22-year-old American, Russell Canouse. In an ultimate hour report, DCU is also on the verge of signing USMNT regular Paul Arriola as well.
A handful of trades also seem to be in the works. Columbus, who recently announced their third Designated Player signing Pedro Santos, are now looking to move Ethan Findlay. Findlay has been linked with a move to Minnesota, which is surprising considering Minnesota just signed Costa Rican winger Jose Leiton on loan with an option to buy, as well as signing Scottish winger Sam Nicholson at the start of the window.
American defender Christian Dean could also be on the move, heading from Vancouver to the Chicago Fire
Another Big European Name?
Among the latest rumors trickling in surround two notable European midfielders, for Arsenal player Matthieu Flamini and Everton captain Gareth Barry.
Both players would be big signings for the league, but don’t necessarily fit the mold of the lesser known and younger players who have come to MLS over the last few windows. It remains to be seen if the deals get any last-minute traction, but it shows that teams are still trying to make moves heading into the eleventh hour. Stay tuned.