Arsenal officially released former France midfielder Abou Diaby on Wednesday, as the Gunners named him as one of six players whose contracts had not been renewed.
Less than 24 hours later, it was reported by The Mirror that the 28-year-old was in transfer talks over a possible cross-Atlantic move to America’s MLS.
The Mirror claim that Diaby, who has made just two first-team appearances for the Gunners since March 2013, is considering an offer from FC Dallas.
Diaby signed for Arsenal from Auxerre in 2006. His nine-year stay in North London has been punctuated by injury and illness.
According to the Daily Mail, Diaby missed 1,554 days with 42 different health issues during his cursed Gunners career.
The Mirror claim that Diaby rejected a pay-as-you-play contract to extend his Emirates Stadium stay, with manager Arsene Wenger unwilling to offer him a full-time deal, for obvious fitness-related reasons.
Dallas are currently sixth in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, with 26 points from 17 games.
The Texan side have just two Designated Players currently registered, leaving them one free space.
Despite his horrific injury record, one would expect that Diaby – a player who has 125 Premier League appearances and 16 senior international caps to his name – would command a DP slot were he to move to the States at this stage of his career.
Diaby may well be a signing that would excite some Dallas fans, but he would certainly not be the biggest name to move to America this summer, with Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard having signed for LA Galaxy.