MLS is generally thought of as a retirement league around Europe where older performances go and take one final payday before hanging up their boots after a successful career.
It might be time to start considering about it as the new stepping-stone between South American clubs and Europe. We’ve seen lots of players make a move north to MLS and it appears that some are starting to catch the interest of some big clubs.
It’s difficult to tell if a player is good enough based on their MLS form, the general standard seems weak with some reasonably average players become stars notwithstanding mediocre careers in Europe.
The main export, for now, looks to be Miguel Almiron who is doing well at Newcastle, but it would be a stretch to say he was a real stand out. According to this report, Man Utd and Arsenal are among a few teams looking at making a similar signing:
Ezequiel Barco was great for Independiente back in Argentina and regularly plays at youth level for his national team, while he’s also been a stand-out player for Atlanta United in MLS.
He’s only 20, but he’s a diminutive attacking midfielder who has plenty of paces and likes to take a player on. He’s more of an imaginative type than a goalscorer, but that could be the perfect fit for Manchester United and Arsenal who are crying out for a creative spark behind the front men.
There’s no question it would be a huge step up, but he does fit the profile of signing of that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been making at Old Trafford, so it would be exciting to see how he fared.
If he does well, then it could open the MLS market up to other similar transfers in the future.