Longtime Premier League fullback and England international Ashley Cole is in talks with the Los Angeles Galaxy and could become the latest high profile name to join MLS.
Longtime Premier League fullback and England international Ashley Cole is in talks with the Los Angeles Galaxy and could become the latest high profile name to join MLS, the Irish Sun and ESPNFC reports.
Cole, 35, hasn't played for Roma this year, as he declined to cancel his contract at the club before the season. He original signed a two-year deal with Roma, but was released a year early after making 11 Serie A appearances last season.
Cole played with Chelsea from 2006–2014, making 229 appearances and helping the club win two Premier League titles, four FA Cup titles and one Champions League title. He started his professional career with Arsenal in 1999, helping the Gunners win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. He was also a regular starter for Arsenal's Invincibles, who failed to lose a league game in 2003–04.
Cole has also appeared in three World Cups for England.
The possible move would come just days after the Galaxy sold top center back Omar Gonzalez to Liga MX club Pachuca for an undisclosed transfer fee. Cole would not earn designated player money, as Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Giovani Dos Santos currently hold the club's three designated player slots.
Last year, Cole said that he had opportunities in the United States, but instead signed with the Italian side.
“I had offers from the USA, but I’m not ready to relax on a beach yet,” Cole said.
The 2016 MLS season starts on March 6.