The Latest MLS Summer Transfer Window Rumors
It’s nearing the end of the European domestic leagues and the rumors continue to swirl about who will be joining Major League Soccer in the summer transfer window. The names that have been talked about include Thierry Henry, Raul, Alessandro Del Piero, Robert Pires, Ronaldinho, and Patrick Vieira. Not all of these players are likely to join MLS, at least this summer, but at least a few should after the World Cup. Below is a closer look at each and the likelihood they will be playing in MLS by July/August.
Major League Soccer Summer Transfer Window Rumors
Numerous reports have stated Henry is set to join MLS after the World Cup and likely will be joining the New York Red Bulls. He has one year left on his contract with FC Barcelona but has reportedly made an agreement to allow him to leave during the summer. His chances of coming to MLS are very high and probably 90-95% at this point.
The Real Madrid striker has been talked about making a move to MLS for several months. He has lost his starting spot and Real Madrid has stated they will allow the striker to move to another club if he wants. He has been linked with the New York Red Bulls and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Raul has made few comments publicly about what he plans to do but his chances of moving to MLS are 50-50.
Ronaldinho has been in reports as a player targeted by the LA Galaxy to replace the injured David Beckham. The move seemed more likely a month or two ago but recently the Brazilian has began talks to stay at AC Milan. He would have to take a pay cut to stay AC Milan so there’s a decent chance he will transfer to another club. MLS is a possibility as is the EPL (Man City), or even a team in Brazil. His chance of joining MLS over the summer is not great and around 10-15%.
The Villarreal striker has been in talks with the Philadelphia Union about a move in the summer. Both sides have confirmed the talks and his American agent stated there are several clubs interested in Pires (in Europe and MLS). His move to MLS seems like a good possibility and around 55-60%.
Alessandro Del Piero
There was speculation the Juventus midfielder had an offer from the Red Bulls in April. It seemed like a possibility but Del Piero recently stated he isn’t interested in coming to MLS and will stay with Juventus, at least for next season. His chances of coming are very small, maybe 5% or lower.