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Arango and Opoku’s LAFC Future

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Los Angeles Football Club remains active in the transfer market as Cristian Arango and Kwadwo Opoku future remain uncertain. 


The Colombian wants to sign a new contract extension, but the club hasn’t offered him one yet. If LAFC decides to move Arango, MLS clubs would be interested in a likely league record trade. Meanwhile, clubs around the world would be interested in him by paying a fee. 


After an impressive 2022 MLS season for the black and gold, Arango is happy to stay with the club. The 27-year-old Colombian has been an integral part for LAFC since arriving from Millonarios FC for around 2.5 million dollars in August 2021. 


Arango has 32 goals in 54 appearances over a season and a half with the black and gold. Not only Arango’s future remains in doubt, but Kwadwo Opoku’s future remains uncertain. Like Arango, the club hasn’t offered Opoku a new contract extension. 


The Ghanaian has also been an important player for LAFC and he helped LAFC win the supporters shield and MLS Cup. Despite starting a lot he notched 7 goals and created chances for his teammates during the 2022 MLS season. 


So far LAFC received trade offers from MLS clubs for the versatile forward, but the 2022 MLS champions still haven’t made a decision. 


During the offseason it’s normal for title winning teams to receive offers for players. Since LAFC won the MLS Cup, teams around the world are looking to sign the best LAFC players. But as of now the club should consider giving Arango and Opoku contract extensions first. 


They helped win the title and supporters shield, they deserve to sign a contract. It’s important to keep the best players and continue to challenge for the MLS Cup every year. 


Now that Gareth Bale announced his retirement last week, long servant Latif Blessing signed for New England Revolution, defender Sebastien Ibeagha left to FC Dallas as a free agent and Franco Escobar signed for Huston Dynamo FC as well as a free agent. There is space for Arango and Opoku to start more games and above that add more quality players.


This offseason Los Angeles FC already signed center back and former MLS Defender of the Year and New York Red Bulls captain Aaron Long. They also signed the young Croatian forward Spite Biuk, Honduran International center back Denil Maldonado and veteran goalkeeper Jakupovic. 

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