Olivier Giroud and top players may join MLS in 2024

Olivier Giroud could be MLS‘ next big thing if AC Milan’s talisman decided to join Lionel Messi and co in America.

Sources like the Athletic and Fabrizio Romano claimed that the French striker has been seriously considering a move in the Summer, at the end of 2023/24.

Oliver Giroud may join MLS in 2024 to compete with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

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Giroud and Milan have spoken about a new deal, but the veteran will not agree to sit on the bench instead of reducing playtime. If he insists on leaving, MLS is a great destination where multiple stars opt to compete there.

Giroud may see his time reducing at Milan
Oliver Giroud may join MLS in 2024 if his play time is reduced

Here is the list of top 5 players who can also join MLS

Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)

In 2017, Lewandowski’s wife gave an interview in which she said the couple hoped he would end his career at a club in Los Angeles. “We can say it would be our dream,” Anna Lewandowska told Business Insider Poland. If that’s still the case, the clock is ticking. Lewandowski is reportedly under contract through 2026, but there’s been speculation about the possibility of the sides terminating the deal early.

Neymar (Al Hilal)

As always, money is the complicating factor. Neymar’s $300 million deal with Al Hilal is something other than something an MLS team could compete with. Still, after his contract is up after next season, it’s conceivable MLS could become an option as Neymar would be a massive draw. But there would also be questions, which is familiar to him, about how committed he would be and what risk that entails.

Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)

Griezmann has never been shy about his American curiosity, and a move to MLS at some point feels inevitable.

“I’ve always said it,” Griezmann said in August. “My target is to end up [in MLS], with everything that I like about American sports, playing in MLS and enjoying myself, being able to win things and be at my best level.

“First I want to make history here and win trophies at Atléti. After that we’ll see … I think the arrival of Leo [Messi], [Sergio Busquets] and Jordi [Alba] is good for the league. That and signing younger players, especially from South America, it’s the best thing the league can do.”

Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)

It feels like Müller has been with Bayern forever, but he’s only 34 years old and still very much fits the profile of the type of players MLS teams would want to add. In November, the German publication Sports Bild reported Müller had fielded MLS interest. However, Müller has said he would like to stay at Bayern.

Karim Benzema (Ittihad)

The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner is reportedly unsettled after his move to Saudi Arabia. While no move away from Al Ittihad is imminent, this makes it easier to justify speculation about a move to MLS. As was the case with Neymar, the Saudi wages aren’t something MLS teams can compete with, but if a change in circumstances is desired, then MLS is an option.

At 36, he’s near the end, but he’s also still one of the best players in the world and would make the type of splash that would resonate in MLS.

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