By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Galaxy has used their option in Giovani dos Santos’ contract to buyout his contract before the start of the 2019 MLS season. The 29-year-old is now a free agent.
“We have been working with the player this preseason to reach an agreement that is best for both sides,” Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said. “We have come to this decision and believe that it is best for the club and for Giovani. We will work with the player and his representatives to find an on-field solution for the player’s next step.
“We appreciate what he has contributed to our club and wish him the best in the future.”
With this roster move, the Galaxy have three designated players left on their roster. This includes Zlatan Ibrahimović, Romain Alessandrini, and his brother Jonathan dos Santos.
He joined the team in the summer of 2015. He came to Los Angeles after playing for Villarreal.
dos Santos signed a deal worth $34 million. The team was also responsible for a transfer fee.
In his career with the Galaxy, he appeared in 38 games. He had 17 goals and 17 assists in three-plus seasons.
While the Galaxy exercised his buyout, his contract for the 2019 season does not count against the salary cap. Los Angeles is also receiving a roster exception for Saturday’s contest.
Since dos Santos has time left on his contract, he is still part of MLS. As a result, they could work out a deal with a team outside of the league.
He could also be waived and stay within MLS should he choose to do that.