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Who Could Los Angeles FC Sign This Summer?

Sunday 9th July 2017
Four years on from the announcement that Los Angeles FC would be joining the MLS, the club are entering their final 12 months before their first competitive matches take place.

As it stands, the club only have two players on their books who are both on loan at Orange County SC and will need to build a squad over the course of the coming year, but who could they sign this summer?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic



The recently released Swede is currently undergoing rehabilitation for his horror ACL injury at Manchester United's Carrington (AON) Training Complex as rumours abound that he may be offered a short term deal if he can regain full fitness by January 2018. An alternative for Zlatan could be the fledgling MLS franchise where his hefty wages would be no concern - the likes of Magic Johnson and Will Ferrell have invested in the club alongside 19 other high profile investors.

Would Zlatan go to America? Why not? He wants to spread the word of his A-Z brand and the Americans are taking a much greater interest in football these days - he could be worshipped.

Wesley Sneijder



A perennial transfer target for numerous clubs, Sneijder has been plying his trade in Turkey with Galatasaray for the last four years but has been linked with a move to LAFC in recent weeks. The Dutchman will no doubt have regrets that he never pursued promised moves to Manchester United among others but at 33 years old he might need to slow the pace even further and Los Angeles would be a perfect place to take it easy.

Iker Casillas



While there's nothing linking the former Real Madrid 'keeper to the new MLS club, they will no doubt look to sign an experienced goalkeeper to help provide advice for any future prospects that join the squad over the course of the year. Casillas was reportedly very upset by the way he was ousted from Real Madrid and has recently completed his second season in Portugal with Porto - at 36, a final major payday in the States could be a great move for San Iker.

Javier Hernandez



A very strange story surfaced earlier this year linking Chicharito with a move back to the MLS with Los Angeles FC. The prolific Mexican started his career with Guadalajara in the MLS before his move to Manchester United and beyond - could he really be tempted at just 29 years old? A return to England seems more likely with West Ham circling round everyone's favourite poacher.

Peter Crouch



Here's a major curveball: Spare Part Pete to America with the league's newest franchise. Crouch has confirmed that he wants to continue playing football until he is 40 but it's very unlikely he'll get much game time at Stoke City or any other Premier League club as he enters middle age. With his wife's celebrity status somewhat waning, even Abbey Clancy might push Crouchy into considering a move to America if LA came knocking.

Freddy Adu



Who doesn't want to see 28-year-old Freddy Adu finally realise his potential in a Los Angeles FC shirt? The Championship Manager legend is currently out of contract and it would be amazing to see him in action for the new franchise.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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