Giorgio Chiellini joins LAFC – “A unique opportunity to improve our club”

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TAM deal announced 

Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC have finally announced the signing of Giorgio Chiellini. The 37-year-old Juventus defender joins on a free transfer when his contract with the Italian giants expires on July 1 and will sign Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) deal through 2023. 

“Giorgio is a special, one-of-a-kind player and person,” LAFC general manager John Thorrington said in a club statement. “Signing Giorgio was a unique opportunity to improve our club. He will complement what we believe is already a strong team as every day he will set the right example with his leadership competitiveness, and experience. He is a serial winner at the highest levels, and we are grateful he has chosen LAFC to join in our pursuit of trophies.”

Interest in Chiellini was thought to be high. The Vancouver Whitecaps were also in the mix but withdrew their interest as Chiellini was on LAFC’s discovery list and the Italian preferred a move to Southern California rather than British Columbia. In Chiellini head coach Steven Cherundolo receives an experienced defender, who is expected to act as a mentor to the young and very talented Mbacke (19). 

Rodríguez, Horta, Vela & Co.: Los Angeles FC record arrivals

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi | Acquired from Charlotte FC in 2021 | Fee: $400,000

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Corey Baird | Signed from Real Salt Lake City in 2021 | Fee: $500,000

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Moon-hwan Kim | Signed from Busan IPark in 2021 | Fee: $600,000

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Franco Escobar | Traded from Atlanta United in 2021 | Fee: $600,000

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Lee Nguyen | Signed from New England Revolution in 2018 | Fee: $700,000

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Christian Ramirez | Signed from Minnesota United 2018 | Fee: $1m

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Eduard Atuesta | Signed from Independiente Medellín in 2019 | Fee: $1m

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Kellyn Acosta | Traded from Colorado Rapids in 2022 | Fee: $1.5m GAM

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Francisco Ginella | Signed from Wanderers in 2020 | Fee: $2.5m

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Cristian Arango | Signed from Millonarios FC in 2021 | Fee: $2.5m

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Diego Rossi | Signed from Peñarol in 2018 | Fee: $2.75m

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José Cifuentes | Signed from Universidad Católica in 2020 | Fee: $3m

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Carlos Vela | Signed from Real Sociedad in 2018 | Fee: $5.5m

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André Horta | Signed from Benfica in 2019 | Fee: $6.27m

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Brian Rodríguez | Signed from Peñarol in 2019 | Fee: $11.5m

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