Report: Red Bulls in running for Carlos Vela

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

Carlos Vela has long been linked with a move to MLS and LaAficion.com says that deal can be sealed by this Sunday.

Amongst the teams in the hunt for his services? The San Jose Earthquakes, Chicago Fire — and the New York Red Bulls.

According to the report, Vela’s representatives are set to meet with MLS Vice President Lino DiCuollo at this weekend’s MLS Cup encounter between the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers at Mapfre Stadium. Vela’s representatives are reportedly negotiating a deal that would net him $8 million per season. The Chicago Fire are said to be leading the charge for his signature. Colorado, however, hold his discovery rights.

How realistic is Vela’s possible arrival in New York? That is tough to say. Clearly, the Red Bulls have the money to pursue him. MLS Commissioner Don Garber recently dubbed 2015 as the most “financially successful” season for the club. That doesn’t mean the club is ready to open up the pocketbook once again on large-scale signings. Still, Vela fits into the Red Bull system, is at the right age range and can be a strong competitor to unseat either Lloyd Sam or Mike Grella next season.

Vela is currently with Real Sociedad of Spain’s La Liga.