The retirement of Kaka at the end of last season means that Orlando City needs a new marquee signing that is both popular and still has so much to offer.
The Premier League has been a good hunting ground for MLS teams who are looking to sign legendary players who have the commercial power as well as the ability to lead them to Glory.
Frank Lampard, Robbie Keane, Thierry Henry, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Ashley Cole have all come to this shores and proved that it is worth it to have a Premier League veteran on your team.
In this article, we run through the list of some of EPL’s legend whose contract would expire at the end of this season and who could help Orlando City land the MLS title.
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The 35 years old was surprisingly offered a new one year contract by Jose Mourinho at the start of this season despite the Swede still being injured. That gamble has backfired and he has started less than 2 games for the Red Devils this season. Manchester United are desperate to take his salary off their wage bill and he could be of tremendous value to the MLS.
Zlatan may be 36, he remains one of the strongest and most prolific strikers in Europe. He would bring goals and experience to the Orlando City attack. His popularity across the footballing world would also bring massive commercial value to Lion's brand.
2. Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United are sweating to tie Fellaini to a new deal, but the Belgian seems to have decided on a move away already.
Fellaini may have struggled at the start of his Manchester United Career, but Jose Mourinho has helped him rediscover his best form.
The midfielder has been around the Premier League for a long time and still commands enough respect from Jose Mourinho, that shows that he would be a very good addition to the Lions starting Eleven.
His commanding presence would help add steel to the Lions midfield, and his towering height would help unsettle defenders when Orlando City cross the ball at the far post.
3. Arjen Robben
The former Chelsea winger is out of contract at the end of this season also and he is free to start talking to other teams.
He would be 34 on the 23rd of this month, but his abilities on the ball cannot be understated. In a decorated career that has seen him play for Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich among others, the Dutchman has won 26 trophies and several individual honors. This year he almost single-handedly help the Dutch national team qualify for the world cup before retiring from international football.
Robben is a pacy winger and would help add more speed to Orlando’s attack. He is also a goal scorer that usually require little or no help from his teammate to score goals, as he can shoot from outside the 18-yard box, or run through the defence and score.
4. Santi Carzola
Santi Cazorla is currently struggling with a mysterious injury, but after going through the 9th operation in the past one year, the Spaniard should be ready for the MLS season in March.
Like many on this list, his current deal with Arsenal expires after this season, and MLS teams can start discussing with him from this month.
On his day, the Spaniard can dictate the pace of a game, and also give the killer pass. With Kaka out of the Lions team, Cazorla can be the perfect support for their attack and he brings in creativity from the EPL which is arguably the toughest league in the world.
5. Yaya Toure
Manchester City would almost certainly win the Premier League this season, but fans’ favourite Yaya Toure would play almost no role in their title triumph. That does not mean the Ivorian is finished yet, rather his lack of action is as a result of Pep Guardiola’s team selection.
He is out of contract after this season, and with a shortage of European takers, the MLS or the Chinese Super League is his likely next destination.
Yaya Toure remains one of the most popular players in Europe and Africa, even more, popular than Didier Drogba at the moment. His popularity would bring huge commercial value to the Orlando City franchise.
On the field of play, Toure remains an effective box-to-box midfielder who is very hard to mark. He can help shield the Lions' defence as well as turn defence into attack in split seconds with his bulldozing run through midfield and killer through balls.
6. Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres is the first player sold by a British team for over £50 million when he moved from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011. The Spaniard is currently back at his childhood club Atletico Madrid, but they are unlikely going to renew his current deal after this season.
He may not be the same attacker that lighted up the Premier League with Liverpool, but just like David Villa has shown with NYCFC, he can enjoy a resurgence in the MLS.
Torres is a goal poacher and his 3 goals and 1 assist in 4 Copa Del Rey games this season shows that he can still perform when given the chance to start games.
His addition to the Lions squad would help bring more goals and assists as well as commercial revenues.