Giovani Dos Santos has signed for the LA Galaxy, as Major League Soccer has a new Designated Player.
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The Mexican international midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with LA as the reigning MLS champions make use of the new deluge of allocation money, known as “targeted allocation money” and explained here, made available by rule changes brought in by the league office last week.
Dos Santos, 26, has been reportedly bought from Villarreal for a transfer fee of $7 million and will get a salary close to $6 million per year with LA. Currently representing Mexico at the 2015 Gold Cup, for whom he has 17 goals in 88 caps, Dos Santos is expected to link up with his new team at the end of July and could make his Galaxy debut against the Seattle Sounders on Aug. 9.
The former Barcelona and Tottenham midfielder has spent his entire career in Europe but after being born in Monterrey, Mexico he is now returning close to home and his trickery and showmanship will excite the huge number of Mexican Americans in the LA region.
LA, of course, already have the maximum number of Designated Players allowed in MLS — with Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Omar Gonzalez taking up those three spots — but it is expected that the extra $500,000 of allocation money ($100,000 allocated per season for each club) given to each MLS side by the league will be used to pay down the deal on a current DP, likely Omar Gonzalez, thus freeing up cash and a DP spot for Dos Santos to arrive. His arrival will be the latest in a long-line of DPs to arrive in MLS, but at the age of 26 he will excite many and has committed to being in California through the 2019 season.
Alongside the likes of Sebastian Giovinco, we may well look back at Dos Santos signing as pivotal with a new wave of younger DPs taking over the league.