By Craig Scott

14th Dec, 2022 | 3:02pm

Mateusz Klich in talks to become DC United designated player, Leeds United ace offered two-year deal

DC United are in contract talks with Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich, according to Washington Post journalist Steven Goff.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Thursday (14 December) while in Qatar, Goff claimed that DC United are set to hand out a “Designated Player” contract to the 32-year-old Poland midfielder.

It is understood that Klich’s proposed contract in Washington DC would be two years plus an option to be extended by a further year.

Goff said in his tweet: “D.C. United remains in talks over Designated Player contract with Mateusz Klich, two years guaranteed with a one-year club option, per source.

“He would join Taxi Fountas and Christian Benteke as DCU DPs.”

Designated Player?

American “soccer” is strange, isn’t it?

Due to the salary cap in the MLS, clubs are allowed a certain number of designated players who can be paid higher than the league’s average.

It all started in 2007 when LA Galaxy signed David Beckham, a move that has no doubt helped raise the profile of the MLS and how football is viewed in the States.

All you have to do is look at who our manager is, who two of our star players are and who are owners are set to be to realise how well that Beckham move worked out for the Americans.

As per MLS Soccer, the current salary cap for a player is $612,500, which works out as being around £9,500-a-week. It seems like Klich will earn more than that, alongside Fountas and ex-Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Benteke at DC United.

It’s an odd system but it’s also a system that could one day heads over to these shores to curb spending and stop club’s going into major financial trouble.

If Klich goes to DC, we’ll wish him all the best.

He’s a good player who deserves to be playing more than he has been doing at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites look set to sign the new Jude Bellingham to replace Klich.