The Los Angeles Galaxy completed the transfer for Mexican international Giovani dos Santos from Spanish side Villareal, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Times reported that the transfer fee is in the region of $7 million. The 26-year-old will sign a designated player contract, making him the first Mexican designated player since Rafa Marquez in 2010. The Galaxy, however, had its three designated player slots already filled.
The transfer was made possible with Major League Soccerâ€™s new salary cap rules that were unveiled last week. With the new rules, the Galaxy are able to buy down Omar Gonzalezâ€™s contract with Targeted Allocation Money, opening up a designated player slot.
Dos Santos has been on the radar of the Galaxy for years, as the former Barcelona product has failed to settle with one team for very long. But dos Santos appears to finally have found a home, as his contract will run until 2019.
“There’s a lot of things that have to happen for a deal of this magnitude,” Galaxy president Chris Klein said in an interview with the LA times. “We’ve had an interest in Giovani dos Santos. And I think he’s always had an interest in us. It just took time for everything to come together.”
The speedy attacking midfielder most recently played two seasons at Villareal, tallying 12 goals in 58 appearances. Before that, dos Santos played for Mallorca for a year and was sent out on three loan spells while he was under contract for Tottenham from 2008-2012.
Dos Santos has been known to have his best performances when sporting a Mexican jersey. He has 89 international caps for El Tri and has netted 17 times, most famously in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final when his quick footwork fooled U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and set up a chip for the game-winning goal.
The Galaxy new boy is currently with the Mexico national team competing in the 2015 Gold Cup. He will join his new club after the conclusion of the tournament and could make his Galaxy debut Aug. 9 against the Seattle Sounders.