Star Players on the Way to MLS

Ken MackContributor IIIJanuary 18, 2012

Star Players on the Way to MLS

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    It's not only on silly season in Europe, but also in the United States in MLS. A lot of rumors will be flying around about the coming and goings of players in and out of the league. It's important during this time to separate the fiction (Samuel Eto'o—come on, he is on like €385,000 a week) from the not so fiction (you're going to have to keep on reading to find those out).

    While a lot of the rumors will not come to pass, some will, so follow your favorite teams' transactions close as one of these players could be coming to a club near you.

David Beckham

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    Guess who's back, back again, Becks is back, tell a friend. What seemed like a done deal move to PSG has fallen through, and it looks like Becks is on his way back to MLS. EPL teams have had interest, but Beckham has gone on the record saying the only team he would play for is Man U, so unless another team suddenly jumps in the race it looks like Beckham will be back with the Galaxy. With LA losing Juninho, Beckham would be a welcomed face in the middle of the park.

Marcus Hahnemann

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    Once an established started in the Championship and the Premier League, Hahnemann has now been relegated to third choice at Everton, having only made the bench for matches in the Carling Cup and the FA Cup. Though he is 39 years old, there are not many teams that he would not upgrade between the sticks if he were to return to MLS. Unless an EPL or Championship team comes calling at the end of his contract, it seems like a lock that Hahnemann will be back in MLS soon.

Andrei Arshavin

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    Now comes the part of the slideshow where we get to pure speculation. To say Arshavin has been disappointing for Arsenal is an understatement. The rumor is that he is looking at a move back to Russia, but Arshavin is a player that MLS should be looking at. While not young at 30, he still has the ability to be a game changer. He brings a skill set that is rare in MLS, and he would bring an element of flare to any MLS team.

Robert Pires

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    Pires has been linked to MLS before, but he denied a rumored move to Philadelphia to play for the Union because it was an "ugly city."  A free agent right now, he would not cost MLS anything to sign, but it's unclear how much he has left in the tank.

    Pires is a big name though, and a team would be very likely to to give him a shot, even if just for promotional reasons. They would just need to make sure their city is beautiful enough.

Concering Chelsea Players

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    As much as any MLS team would love to have Terry, Lampard or Drogba, I don't see it happening. Even if Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas is looking to change the style of the team, he would be hard pressed to replace any of these players effectively in the winter transfer window. While Chelsea does have money to splash, they will likely be a little more careful about spending mid-season after dumping $50 million on Fernando Torres last winter.