After much early promise, and several false dawns, the Arsenal career of Abou Diaby came to an end this week when his contract officially expired.
The Frenchman amassed 180 games for the Gunners over almost 10 years but his time in North London was blighted by persistent injuries.
Still the right side of 30, and undoubtedly an asset when healthy, there will no doubt be a number of clubs considering making him an offer this summer. They might have to hurry, though, after reports in France today revealed Diaby is already in "advanced talks" about a move to MLS.
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French publication France Football are reporting that Diaby has spent the past couple of days in the United States with a move to FC Dallas in the pipeline.
The report notes that the long-limbed midfielder is already familiar with the Texas city having visited a performance center in Dallas in order to prove his physical fitness - a major concern considering his injury-plagued past.
Diaby has proven, when fit, that he has the qualities to be a dominant force in the center of midfield and he would certainly be a huge asset to any Major League Soccer side if he can stay on the field.
Capped 16 times by the French national side between 2007-2012 his career has taken a nose dive in recent years, managing just 12 Premier League appearances in the past four seasons.
FC Dallas, though, appear ready to take a gamble on the midfielder and, you would think, Abou Diaby would be willing to take a pay cut in order to get a deal agreed so soon after leaving Arsenal.
Should Diaby opt for a move stateside it would be a further indication that MLS is becoming a big draw.
With a roll call that includes Kaka, Frank Lampard, Giovinco and Steven Gerrard all having joined the league - with Andrea Pirlo nearing his own move - in the past 12 months there are signs that the league is gaining momentum.
Arsenal fans: Are you sad to see Diaby go, or was his injury situation becoming to much to carry? Have your say in the comments below...
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