Even a casual football fan is aware of the enormous difference in quality between the Premier league and Major League Soccer.
While both competitions are certainly entertaining, it is this gulf in class that underpins the reason many stars of the English top-flight look to cross the Atlantic in the latter stages of their career.
The commercial prospects offered by a spell in the United States serve as an ideal opportunity for Premier League veterans to top up their bank accounts while helping grow football in a region where the sporting landscape is dominated by other codes.
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The presence of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and the like can only do good things for the American division – and its pulling power and popularity are rising in tandem.
With that in mind, it would seem MLS clubs are becoming increasingly confident in their ability to land household names in England before they are deemed to surplus to requirements at the highest level.
The Times reports Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas have been identified as two big stars whom Los Angeles FC – the newest MLS franchise – are aiming to sign up for their debut campaign in 2018.
The Manchester United and Chelsea men lead a glittering shortlist of reported transfer targets, which also includes Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.
Red Devils midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has also been mentioned as a potential target for the Chicago Fire and five other clubs – most from the MLS.
Regarding Rooney and Fabregas in particular, speculation about their respective futures has been circling for weeks given their failure to break into the first team under new managers in Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.
Rooney – whose current deal at Old Trafford is set to expire the same year LA FC will enter the competition – has reiterated he is determined to see out his contract before considering his options, whether in the United States or elsewhere.
None of them are enjoying particularly successful seasons on an individual level, but it would come as a big surprise to see Rooney, Fabregas or Schweinsteiger trade the Premier League for America with so much left to give.
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