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Rumor Central: Former Barcelona 'keeper in talks with Philly

18 December 3:05 de la tarde

Rumor Central: Former Barcelona 'keeper in talks with Philly

By Matthew Doyle

Ok, so Rustu Recber only played four games for Barcelona, and that was nearly a decade ago. But still ... Barcelona. You clicked.

Anyway, our good friends at TheBrotherlyGame are reporting that the longtime Turkey No. 1, who actually retired this summer at the age of 39, has been in talks with the Union about a switch to MLS. And that he's already rejected one offer, but is open to something with, perhaps, another zero attached.

It would mark the second time in three years that Philly have brought in a veteran international netminder. Back in 2011 it was Colombian Faryd Mondragón, who went on to lead the Union to their first, and to date only, playoff appearance.

What bearing this would have on Zac MacMath, who struggled in his first season as a fulltime starter, remains to be seen. But it's clearly a spot that could be upgraded.

The Union have already added veteran central defender Jeff Parke, as well as forwards Sébastien Le Toux and Conor Casey this offseason.

EDIT: Of course, this isn't the first time that Recber has been linked to an MLS side. As BrotherlyGame mentioned, there were rumors floating around Turkey that the Galaxy had designs on getting his signature.

As always with these types of things, you have to bring your own grain (shaker) of salt.