LA Galaxy's Ambitious Bid for River Plate's Solari Signals Youthful Revamp

River Plate v Belgrano - Copa de la Liga Profesional 2023
River Plate v Belgrano - Copa de la Liga Profesional 2023 / Hernan Cortez/GettyImages

As the 2024 season looms, LA Galaxy, reeling from the departures of key players like Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández and Douglas Costa, has embarked on an ambitious transfer drive. With two Designated Player slots vacant, the club, according to journalist César Luis Merlo, reportedly made an initial bid of $10 million for Pablo Solari, a forward from River Plate. However, indications from Argentina suggest that the 'Millionaires' have rejected the offer, seeking a higher sum from the American franchise.

At River Plate, there's no inclination to offload one of their budding stars, especially with Solari's release clause standing at a hefty $20 million. River acquired 60% of Solari's rights from Chilean club Colo Colo for slightly over $4 million. This season, under the guidance of Martín Demichelis, Solari has flourished, netting 12 goals and providing 11 assists in 47 appearances. At just 22 years old and contracted until 2026, the winger has significant room for improvement, potentially attracting interest from European clubs in the future.

Solari has garnered attention in Argentina for his ability to navigate the byline. Although not a guaranteed starter at River, Demichelis has granted him substantial playing time, relying on his impressive one-on-one dribbling ability, boasting a 42% success rate and winning 39% of his duels per game. His stellar performances have earned him a spot in Argentina's upcoming 2024 Pre-Olympic squad set to take place in Venezuela.

LA Galaxy is on a mission to revamp a project that fell short of expectations. Following the high-profile but disappointing signings of 'Chicharito' and Douglas Costa, established veterans in the elite realm, the club's management has opted for a change in direction, now placing their bets on young talents primed to excel in the MLS and potentially yield profitable returns upon moving to Europe. The Argentine Ramón Sosa was the first significant name linked, with the Galaxy reportedly tabling a record-breaking offer in MLS history for his services. This signals a clear shift toward youthful potential in the Galaxy's rebuilding strategy.