Edinaldo Batista Libânio, who has a popular nickname of Grafite, may be coming to MLS. Rumors about the 33-year-old striker have been circulating for more than a week and are not subsiding. Grafite is currently part of the United Arab Emirates Al Ahli club, but his contract will end in nine months, so the search for a new team has started.
Edinaldo Batista Libânio
Grafite has played for several clubs including Matonense, Ferroviária, Santa Cruz, Grêmio, Anyang LG Cheetahs, Goiás, São Paulo, Le Mans, VfL Wolfsburg and his current team Al Ahli. The Brazilian striker has also been a part of his national team. However, Grafite is mostly known for winning the national championship with Wolfsburg in 2009 that led to his German Player of the Year award.
Grafite Wants to Come to MLS
Goal.com has reported that Edinaldo Batista Libânio is interested in Major League Soccer. Grafite stated, "Yes, it is true that I'm interested in playing in America. I don't know now because I have nine months left on my contract at my current club. My dream after is to come and play in America with Major League Soccer." He has the opportunity to renew the contract with Al Ahli but does not seem interested in this option.
Grafite is 33-years-old, so there are legitimate concerns about his age and that he may simply be viewing MLS as the final stop before retirement. However, he has scored 20 goals in 22 appearances with Al Ahli since 2011. His fitness level is still high while no recent injuries have been reported. Grafite's interest in Major League Soccer is already being welcomed by fans with clubs desperate for a better forward.
If Edinaldo Batista Libânio's move to MLS becomes a reality, fans can expect multiple teams to be interested in the striker. Despite his age, his record is enough for clubs to go after him. Unfortunately, he is likely to end up as an expensive designated player that may be out of reach for many clubs. Considering the Chicago Fire's finishing problems, Grafite might make a good addition if the front office is willing to invest in him.
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