Liga MX transfer news: The latest rumors and chisme in Mexican soccer
Is Chicharito bound for West Ham? Will Javier Aquino move abroad? Could America sign a South American attacker? Goal summarizes the transfer talk
WEST HAM WOULD PAY CHICHARITO’S RELEASE CLAUSE
West Ham coach Slaven Bilic wants Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to boost his attack and the club would pay the forward’s release clause, according to The Sun.
Hernandez has a year left on his deal at Bayer Leverkusen but the Hammers would pay the 13 million pound release clause, according to the report. Chicharito also has been linked to Chelsea and Lyon during this window.
TIGRES SHUT DOWN GIGNAC APPROACH
Tigres rejected a 4 million euro offer for Andre-Pierre Gignac from Turkish club Besiktas, according to NTVSpor.
The newly crowned Champion of Champions told Turkey’s title-holder that they’d received higher offers from other clubs, putting the European side off from making another approach for the French forward.
ARGENTINE SIDE WORKING TO SIGN VARGAS
Despite arriving just seven months ago, Eduardo Vargas may be nearing a move away from Tigres, according to TyC Sports.
The Argentine outlet notes that San Lorenzo has its eyes on the Chilean international. But while Tigres brought in Enner Valencia during this window and have a number of attackers in their ranks, the team isn’t ready to move Vargas on without a significant offer.
CELTA DENIES LIGA MX APPROACH FOR DIAZ
Celta de Vigo may be willing to sell Chilean international Marcelo Diaz but hasn’t yet heard from Tigres or America, according to EFE.
The central midfielder played well in the Confederations Cup but is set to leave the La Liga side. Celta sporting director said the player is on vacation and will have his future decided once he returns.
LILLE HAS AQUINO INTEREST
Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille would like to bring Tigres winger Javier Aquino to France to play on the right side, according to Record.
Reports that the Ligue 1 side was scouting the 27-year-old emerged during the Confederations Cup, and the interest has advanced. Tigres would require the team to pay the same release clause, reportedly around $15 million, it requested Chivas pay for the ex-Villarreal midfielder during the Liga MX draft.
TIGRES SWOOP FOR URIBE
After months of interest from Club America for Atletico Nacional’s Mateus Uribe, Tigres are set to acquire the midfielder according to AS.
The northern club could make Uribe the second signing of the summer after bringing in Enner Valencia from the Premier League. But Club America coach Miguel Herrera have claimed that the player still wants to go to Mexico City.
AMERICA EVALUATING DOS SANTOS BID
Club America is set to launch a bid to bring Jonatha dos Santos from Villarreal as soon as this season, according to El Universal .
While his deal with the La Liga side runs through the 2018-19 season, owner Emilio Azcarraga wants the move done as soon as possible. That means Jona could arrive on loan or America could come to an agreement for a figure to convince Villarreal to sell. The report says it could be a family affair with America looking to bring in Giovani after the 2017 MLS season concludes. The brothers’ father Zizinho is nearing a deal to join the team’s staff.
DAMM’S FUTURE MAY BE IN EUROPE
Jurgen Damm may make his long-awaited move to Europe with Lazio pondering a move for the Tigres and Mexico man, according to ESPN Mexico .
The reported deal would see the Serie A side pay $10 million for 70 percent of the 24-year-old winger’s rights with the northern club retaining the rest.
RAYADOS MAKING STRONG PUSH FOR LAYUN
Monterrey is intensifying efforts to sign Miguel Layun from Porto, according to Portuguese newspaper Record .
Earlier this sumer, Univision reported that Monterrey was looking to make Layun one of the top three best-paid players in the league. Whether he moves or not, Layun will be in Mexico soon with Porto set for preseason games in Mexico City and Guadalajara.
TIGRES READY TO MATCH MEDEL’S INTER SALARY
With Guido Pizarro moving to Sevilla, Tigres are set to spend big on bringing in Gary Medel as a replacement, according to El Mercurio .
The Chilean newspaper reports that Tigres will pay an $8 million transfer fee to Inter and then give the Chilean international a three-year deal with a base salary of $2.7 million annually before bonuses.
CONTE TURNS ATTENTION TO CHICHARITO
Antonio Conte is focusing his efforts on Mexico international Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, according to The Sun .
The Chelsea boss missed out on Romelu Lukaku despite a last-minute Blues bid, and is now considering a move for the £13.5m-rated Mexico international.
VELA WANTS TO STAY WITH SOCIEDAD
Despite offers from MLS, Chivas and Roma, Carlos Vela would rather stay with Real Sociedad, according to Diario Vasco .
The Cancun native’s contract has him with the La Liga club for one more season and local reports say he’d like to see that out rather than push for a move away from Basque Country.
PRICE TAG DETERRED GALAXY FROM GIGNAC
LA Galaxy directors flew to Marseille to meet with Andre-Pierre Gignac but were put off by the money the move would require between the transfer fee and his salary, according to a L’Equipe journalist.
That means Gignac could extend his contract with Tigres, France Football previously reported. The forward’s contract with Los Felinos expires in June 2018 and, while the report says the Galaxy would’ve been his first choice, staying in Monterrey is preferable to a move to China.
EVERTON WANTS JIMENEZ
Benfica is taking offers for Mexico forward Raul Jimenez and while Everton is interested, the Portuguese side will demand 50 million euros for a move, according to Portugal daily Record .
Benfica boss Rui Vitoria isn’t eager to sell Jimenez but would would sell if the Toffees pay the high price for Jimenez to replace likely departure Romelu Lukaku. Liverpool and West Ham also had been mentioned as landing spots for the No. 9.
ANDERLECHT EYEING MEXICO YOUTH INTERNATIONAL
Anderlecht is interested in bringing in Santos Laguna and former Mexico U-17 holding midfielder Ulises Rivas, according to Voetbal Nieuws .
The 21-year-old previously was linked with Serie A and MLS clubs and his agent told the Belgian outlet Rivas is set to acquire an Italian passport. Though the report indicates there is interest, it also mentions that Anderlecht won the title last year and both central midfielders Sven Kums and Pieter Gerkense are expected to stay on with the club.
ARAUJO SET FOR BUNDESLIGA SWITCH
Santos Laguna center back Nestor Araujo will be the next Mexico international to make a move abroad, according to Mexican journalist Fernando Schwartz .
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio mentioned in March that the 25-year-old is ready to play in a top European league, and Schwartz reported in June that a Bundesliga move is coming after the Confederations Cup.
BIG CLUBS IN FOR COSTA RICAN STAR
Both Tigres and Cruz Azul hope to bring Bryan Ruiz to Mexico from Sporting, according to Portuguese newspaper Record .
The 31-year-old Costa Rica captain has spent the last two seasons with the Lisbon club but could return to a club in CONCACAF region for the first time since leaving Alajuelense more than a decade ago.