MLS transfer news: The latest rumors and trades in Major League Soccer

LAFC ON THE VERGE OF THIRD DP

Francisco Geraldes Sporting CP

Bob Bradley and LAFC continue to make waves, with Matt Reed, an NBC contributor, claiming that the club is on the verge of landing a third designated player in the form of Francisco Geraldes.

The 22-year-old is owned by Sporting CP, but is out on loan with Rio Ave. 

LAFC IN TALKS TO ADD KLJESTAN

Sacha Kljestan New York Red Bulls

Los Angeles FC is in talks with the New York Red Bulls about a potential trade for playmaker Sacha Kljestan, according to Metro .

That deal would see the Southern California native reunited with LAFC's Bob Bradley, who coached Kljestan in the Los Angeles area at Chivas USA in 2006 and also regularly called him up while in charge of the U.S. national team.

TIMBERS HIRE SAVARESE AS COACH

Giovanni Savarese New York Cosmos

The Portland Timbers have chosen Giovanni Savarese to replace Caleb Porter as head coach, ESPN reports.

A former Venezuela international, the 46-year-old coach had been in charge of the NASL's New York Cosmos since 2013. Savarese steps in for Porter, who surprisingly announced his resignation last month after five seasons.

ATLANTA INTERESTED IN ACQUIRING NAGBE

Darlington Nagbe USA

Atlanta United is interested in acquiring Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe, ESPN 's Taylor Twellman reports.

The 27-year-old U.S. international would follow coach Caleb Porter — for whom he also played for at Akron — in leaving Portland this offseason. Nagbe has recorded 28 goals and 32 assists in seven MLS seasons with the Timbers.

SKC REACHES DEAL FOR FRENCH MIDFIELDER

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Sporting Kansas City has agreed to a deal to sign French midfielder Yohan Croizet from Belgian side KV Mechelen, according to Voetbal Belgie .

The 25-year-old, who came up through Metz's system, would likely play on the left side of the front line in Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes' 4-3-3 system.

MAN UTD WANTS WHITECAPS TEENAGER

Alphonso Davies Vancouver Whitecaps MLS

Manchester United has invited Vancouver Whitecaps teenager Alphonso Davies for a trial in January, reports CTV Edmonton .

The 17-year-old midfielder, who became the youngest player to make his debut for the Canada national team in the summer, is waiting for clearance from his club to accept the offer from United.

ROMA SCOUTING ADAMS

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Serie A side Roma is looking at Tyler Adams as a potential replacement for Daniele De Rossi, according to calciomercato.com

The 18-year-old New York Red Bulls man became an integral player for the MLS side in 2017, and recently made his debut with the U.S. national team. 

The Italian side have joined La Liga club Valencia in tracking the teenager. Though no move is immanent, Adams could be subject to European bids sooner rather than later. 

ATLANTA SIGNS ARGENTINE DEFENDER ESCOBAR

Tata Martino Atlanta United

Atlanta United has signed Newell's Old Boys defender Franco Escobar, according to Cesar Luis Merlo of TyC Sports .

Gerardo Martino's side reportedly has purchased Escobar outright, signing the 22-year-old to a three-year contract with options for an additional two seasons.

GALAXY READY TO MOVE ZARDES 

Gyasi Zardes MLS LA Galaxy 08292016

The LA Galaxy are ready to move forward Gyasi Zardes, according to multiple reports.

Kristian Dyer first reported on Twitter that Zardes could be moved, with Kevin Baxter of  The Los Angeles Times   following up with his own report. 

Zardes had a difficult year as the Galaxy struggled, scoring just twice and adding two assists. 

ATLANTA TO SHATTER MLS TRANSFER RECORD 

Ezequiel Barco Independiente

Atlanta United is ready to break the bank to land Argentina teenager Ezequiel Barco, according to Cesar Lusi Merlo of TyC Sports .

The MLS side reportedly is willing to pay Independiente $14 million to secure the services of the 18-year-old attacking midfielder, which would be the highest fee ever paid by an MLS side. 

SNEIJDER TO MAKE LAFC MOVE

Wesley Sneijder Nice Guingamp Ligue 1 19082017

Wesley Sneijder could be on the move again, this time to MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC, according to AD

Sneijder only joined French side Nice this summer from Turkish club Galatasaray, but the 33-year-old's agent traveled to Los Angeles this week to work out the terms of a deal with LAFC.

Sneijder has fallen out of favor with the Ligue 1 side and is now out injured, meaning he could be set for a move to California. 

KAKA TO PLAY IN CHINA

Kaka Orlando City

While Brazilian star Kaka may be done playing in Major League Soccer, it seems his playing days are not yet done. 

Corriere dello Sport reports that the 35-year-old will sign a one-year deal with Chinese Super League club Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng F.C.

ORLANDO BIDS FOR URUGUAYAN PLAYMAKER

Giorgian de Arrascaeta Defensor

Orlando City has been rejected in the club's first attempt to replace Brazilian star Kaka, with Globo Esporte reporting that Cruzeiro has turned down a $7 million offer for Uruguayan playmaker Giorgian de Arrascaeta.

The report claims that the Brazilian club is holding off on moving the midfielder until after the World Cup, in hopes that his value will rise. 

FIRE WANT BLASZCZYKOWSKI 

HD Jakub Blaszczykowski Poland

The Chicago Fire are looking at Polish international Jakub Blaszczykowski, according to reports in Poland via Chicago-based journalist Guillermo Rivera

This is not the first time the club has shown interest in the former Borussia Dortmund star, with rumors also linking him and the club last summer. 

LIVERPOOL FORWARD SET TO STAY IN MLS

Brooks Lennon Real Salt Lake MLS 041517

Real Salt Lake wants to sign Liverpool forward Brooks Lennon on a permanent basis, according to   ESPN .

The 20-year-old is out of contract at Liverpool next summer and he has spent the 2017 MLS season on loan at Real Salt Lake.

PREMIER LEAGUE SIDES EYE HARRISON

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Everton, Leicester City, and Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in a January move for New York City FC winger Jack Harrison, The Daily Mail reports.

The England Under-21 international, who is valued at around £6 million, has compiled 14 goals and 13 assists in 59 appearances over two MLS seasons.

AC MILAN MONITORING ALMIRON

Miguel Almiron Atlanta United

AC Milan is among the clubs considering a move for Atlanta United playmaker Miguel Almiron, according to Metro .

The Serie A giants reportedly are considering an $18 million move for the 23-year-old Paraguay international, who also is said to have drawn interest from Inter Milan and Premier League sides. Almiron recorded nine goals and 14 assists in his debut MLS campaign, earning a spot on the shortlist for league MVP honors.

TORRES FIELDING MLS OFFERS

Fernando Torres Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres is set to leave the club in January, according to Cadena SER .

The Spaniard has made just one start this season and doesn't expect his playing time to increase, opening the door for a winter exit, and Torres reportedly has already fielded interest from clubs in MLS and China.