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Who to sign after the CCL Final

Hey everyone,
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Let's think about life after next Wednesday's CCL Final. If the Sounders win, who do they sign to improve the club so they can win this year's MLS Cup and to participate in the next FIFA Club World Cup? The Sounders currently have 1 international slot and 0 DP slots available.
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Even with the players that the Sounders have, can they compete right now with the best of South America or Europe (ie Man City, Real Madrid, Liverpool or Villareal)?
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I think that if the Sounders win the CCL title, that they should dig deep into their pockets and sign a world class player.
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So here are three examples (out of many) that I think that the Sounders should look at:
* Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) Forward; 40 years old: What I like about him - he knows MLS and he has said that he wants to come back to MLS. Right now he plays for AC Milan (since 2020) and has scored 33 goals in 57 games for them so he can still play. Also with a good chance to win MLS Cup, which he never did for the Galaxy and the chance play at the Club World Cup should also be enticing for him to come to the Sounders. Sweden is not going to the World Cup so he should be a nice addition to the Sounders. Right now his market value is $4.2 million with his contract ending this summer.
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* Anthony Nwakaeme (Nigeria) Left Wing; 33 years old: What I like about him - He is really, really good... quick, smart and is an excellent passer. If he can pair up with Nouhou on the left side.... wow... unstoppable. Nigeria is not going to the World Cup and his market value of $5.3 million makes him a good bargain. His contract ends this summer and the chance to win MLS Cup and to go to the Club World Cup would be hard to pass up for a player who has played mostly for Turkish clubs.
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* Giacomo Bonaventura (Italy) Defensive Midfielder; 32 years old: What I like about him - Watching him reminds me of a quicker and faster Joao Paulo.... same style of play but just a bit faster. His market value is $4.2 million with his contract ending in the summer. BTW, Italy is NOT playing in the 2022 World Cup.
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These are just three players out of many that would be available on a free transfer when the summer transfer opens. All three give the Sounders a much more potent team then they currently have.
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Here is a full list of players whose contracts end this summer... and there are a bunch of really good players on this list. https://www.footballtransfers.com/en/transfer-news/2021/04/out-of-contract-in-2022-best-free-agents-available-on-a-bosman
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What about available American players? The only American player, that would be beneficial in my opinion, whose contract is ending this summer is the center back John Anthony Brooks. His current market value is $12.6 million. If the Sounders want to bolster up the back line by paying him that much... it would be fantastic purchase but it really is not realistic.
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To me the best American player that would be perfect for the Sounders would be Luca de la Torre. He is a 23 year old central midfielder who plays for Heracles in the Dutch league. There is a lot of upside for this player and he already has 7 caps for the USMNT. He is very talented and with a market value of about $950 thousand. The only downside is that his contract ends in 2023 and the Sounders would have to pay a transfer fee to get him.
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So now my two questions to you is this: What player(s) or kind of player(s) would you sign in the summer transfer window to help the Sounders? Do you agree with my opinion in that the Sounders need to dig deep for high quaility player to help them win MLS Cup and to compete in the next FIFA Club World Cup?

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