Summer 2017 MLS Transfer Window Tracker: LA Galaxy

Last updated: September 2, 2017

Signing The Galaxy announced on Sept. 2 that they signed 33-year-old French center back Michael Ciani. Ciani arrives in LA two weeks after Jelle Van Damme left the club to return to his native Belgium.
Report On Aug. 17 Galaxy president Chris Klein told ESPNLA 710 that Jelle Van Damme would be heading back to Belgium to spend more time with his kids. A day before, the LA Times'  Kevin Baxter tweeted that the defender's move to Belgian side Royal Antwerp FC "should be done fast". Baxter also tweeted that Antwerp officials expect Van Damme to play for their on the weekend of Aug. 19-20, but the Galaxy were hoping to keep him for the final two matches before the close of the European transfer window on August 31.
Report The LA Times' Kevin Baxter tweeted on Aug. 10 that the Galaxy are still pursuing French D Michael Ciani. The 33-year-old is a free agent and can therefore still be added this season, having last played for French side Lorient. Baxter also reported that if the Galaxy come to an agreement with Ciani, the club will be willing to part ways with D Jelle Van Damme, who has reportedly asked to return to his native Belgium for personal reasons.
Trade As part of their blockbuster signing of Paul Arriola, D.C. United sent $300,000 in General Allocation Money ($200,000 in 2018 and $100,000 in 2019) and $200,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2018 to acquire the MLS rights to the US national team winger, due to his time in the Galaxy's youth system.
Report After reports from Belgium linked defender Jelle Van Damme to his native country, the Galaxy All-Star confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that family reasons were driving strong consideration of a return home, with Royal Antwerp most prominent of the interested clubs thus far.
Report Speaking to reporters during a press conference to introduce new signing Jonathan Dos Santos, Galaxy club president Chris Klein told reporters the club is keen on signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but that it doesn't seem likely yet. "We have an incredible relationship with Zlatan and his agent. He loves our club, and he loves LA," Klein said. "We have an interest in him. I think, for now, he wants to stay in Europe. Our doors are open for a player like that. We have rights to him in our league. We’ll see where that goes."
Report On July 25 both Goal.com and ESPNFC.com confirmed earlier reports, citing sources that a deal for Jonathan Dos Santos is near. ESPN's Taylor Twellman and Spanish outlet El Periodico Mediterraneo on July 24 reported negotiations for the Mexican international. "Jona" completed the move on July 27, joining brother Giovani dos Santos with the Galaxy.
Report Talk of a Galaxy move for Swedish megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic cropped up again on July 13, as the LA Times reported that the club may be nearing a deal that would make Ibra, who is currently a free agent and rehabbing a serious knee injury that will keep him sidelined until fall at the earliest, the highest-paid player in MLS history.
Signing The Galaxy made it official on July 12, announcing the signing of D Pele van AnholtThe Dutch right back will likely compete for starters' minutes as soon as he is up to full fitness.
Report ESPN's Jeff Carlisle reported on July 10 that the LA Galaxy will be signing Dutch D Pele van Anholt. The 26-year-old is out of contract after a season with Eredivisie side Willem II, and plays right back.
Rumor FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio reported on July 6 that Real Salt Lake are in talks to possibly trade Designated Player Yura Movsisyan, with the LA Galaxy being named as a possible destination. Movsisyan grew up in Southern California.
Report Were the LA Galaxy looking to add Tigres F Andre-Pierre Gignac this summer? Multiple reports indicate as much, with ESPN Deportes reporting that Tigres leadership confirmed interest from the Galaxy, while a L'Equipe report from July 6 claimed while there was interest hopes of a deal are now dead. The French international has been a hit in Mexico, winning two league titles, a Golden Boot and the Liga MX best player award.
Report The LA Galaxy's goalkeeping rumor mill has continued with with L'Equipe saying (via Soccer America's Paul Kennedy) that Ligue 1 side Sporting Guingamp is among a few European teams interested in 'keeper Clement Diop's services. Other potential suitors include Hamburg and Anderlecht.
Rumors LigaMX star Andre-Pierre Gignac has again been linked to the Galaxy, with both US and Mexican outlets reporting on June 20 that the French striker is nearing a move to Los Angeles, where he's been vacationing, to join his friend and countryman Romain Alessandrini. One went so far as to claim that LA are prepared to activate a $25 million release clause to acquire "APG" from Tigres.
Rumor With the summer transfer window nearing and a DP spot opening up, the LA Galaxy have been linked with a number of big-name players -- the latest is Colombian international goalkeeper David Ospina, who is currently under contract with Arsenal. Spanish publication Don Balon has linked the 28-year-old with a move to Galaxy along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Argentine forward Dario Benedetto.

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