GALAXY: Of Donovan and Del Piero
May, 17, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
The rumor mill is churning out talk of Galaxy attackers present and potential, with Alessandro Del Piero hinting of a move to So Cal and AS Roma trolling for L.A. captain Landon Donovan.
Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport reports that Roma's new American owner, Thomas DiBenedetto, will make a move for Donovan, who has had four stints in Europe, twice with Germany's Bayer Leverkusen and loan deals to Bayern Munich and Everton.
DiBenedetto, a Bostonian who also is a partner in the group that owns the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool FC, last month purchased a controlling interest in Roma and has plans to complete a takeover and pull the club off Italy's stock exchange.
Del Piero, 36, one of the most beloved of Italian players, has another year on his contract at Juventus, but he told Sky Sport 24 that a move to the Galaxy could follow.
“It could be a possibility,” said Del Piero, who has been with Juve since 1993 -- scoring 285 goals in 676 matches -- and in three World Cups and four European Championships for Italy's national team. “It's a country I love so much, and I could also take the opportunity to go see the Lakers.”
UPDATE (8:09 p.m.): Benedetto told Major League Soccer's website that he is looking for Americans. “We are obviously scouting players everywhere, and we are obviously interested in the American products, both in MLS and abroad,” he said. “I obviously can't tell you any names, but we want only the best for our team.”
The league website reports that Roma has targeted Donovan, Huntington Beach's Sacha Kljestan (playing for Anderlecht in Belgium), Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan and midfielder Michael Bradley, FC Nuremberg defender Timothy Chandler and New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo.