L.A. Galaxy and United States star Landon Donovan has put his Manhattan Beach “compound” on the market for $4.295 million. The house includes two structures, one a house and the other his “play zone.”
The lower house was built to be the play zone, with a swimming pool, massage room, steam room, sauna, cold plunge and Jacuzzi. There’s also a theater, bar area and storage for 300 bottles of wine.
The timing will rouse curiosity. The European transfer window opens Sunday. Recently departed A.C. Milan and Holland legend Clarence Seedorf is in LA training with the Galaxy, who would need to offload one of their three designated players to sign him. Donovan also sounded like a man in need of a new challenge in a recent interview with Grant Wahl. Or, perhaps, he just read yesterday’s New York Times.
That said, he’s likely staying put in Los Angeles. He’s still in the same sticky wicket he was in 2010, where he’s more valuable as an American star to MLS than he would be on the open market in Europe. He’s starting to enter his twilight at 30. Unless he is the vanity buy of one of the new American owners, it is hard seeing him moving abroad.