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LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire to open talks for ex-Leeds, Columbus winger Rogers

MLS champions LA Galaxy are keen to do a trade deal with Chicago Fire in order to acquire the services of Robbie Rogers.

The 25-year old former Columbus Crew and Leeds United winger is seeking a MLS return following his premature retirement in February and is keen to join the Galaxy.

However, the Fire holds first refusal to his rights but Rogers wants to remain close to his family and would love to be picked up by the Galaxy.

Chicago president of soccer operations Javier Leon is keen on Rogers and will fight hard to prevent losing him for very little to the back-to-back champs.

"We are going to have a conversation with them about what it would take for us to consider giving up on a player that we feel strongly would be a starter on our team," Leon told reporters.

"When we traded for Robbie's rights with Columbus, we gave up a player like Dominic Oduro and we were happy to receive a young player in Dilly, who we believe has tremendous upside potential. But most importantly, at the time, the motivation was to get the rights to Robbie. We have done our homework in evaluating where he was at the time."

He added: "When we look at the transfer fees of players that are being paid for players of similar stature, they're in the millions of dollars. If the Galaxy say, 'We want him,' we expect to get similar value. We'll listen to them and see what they have to say."

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Andrew Slevison
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