Will Liga MX players strike? Could Hirving Lozano head to Juve? Will Rodolfo Pizarro move abroad? Goal summarizes the transfer talk
Pizarro battle brewing
Tigres could face competition from Boca Juniors in their efforts to bring Guido Pizarro back from Sevilla, according to Futbol Total.
After a manager switch found the Argentine out of favor, Pizarro was in talks to return to Tigres in January but nothing materialized. Tigres are expected to make another attempt, but Boca, which looked to sign Pizarro from Tigres in the summer of 2017 before he went to Europe, also has eyes on the 28-year-old midfielder.
Players considering strike
The Mexican Professional Footballers Associaion (AMF Pro) is threatening to strike if the infamous Pacto de Caballeros (Gentlemen’s Agreement) isn’t ended ahead of the next transfer market, according to ESPN Mexico.
The AMF Pro wants to go to the table with ownership before the final round of the season and if that does not happen then the players will refuse to play Jornada 17.
The players sent a letter to clubs this week demanding the practice of a player still being a team’s “property” after his contract with that club expires, with a new team having to pay a transfer fee to sign him, be ended.
Edson Alvarez an option for Ajax
Ajax director of football Marc Overmars met with Edson Alvarez’s agent about signing the Club America center back, according to De Telegraaf.
Ajax’s head scout also has been in Argentina watching Boca Juniors center back Lisandro Magallan, the report says, with neither player likely to arrive until after Tottenham and Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt is sold.
Marquez open to becoming Atlas president
Rafa Marquez will be offered a position in the Atlas’ boardroom after he finishes his playing career and likes the idea of taking over as president, according to MedioTiempo .
Marquez may persuade another former Atlas player, current Univision commentator Pavel Pardo, to join him as sporting director to help return the club to one that has a productive academy with a strong first team.
Tigres set to sign defender from Ecuador
Though the window is yet to open, Tigres already are moving to reinforce their squad. The reigning Liga MX champion has made an offer to Barcelona de Guayaquil for center back Luis Caicedo, according to Hincha Amarillo .
After breaking out during Independiente del Valle’s Copa Libertadores run in 2016, the defender signed a five-year deal with Cruzeiro but was loaned back to Ecuador after struggles for playing time. Barcelona may buy the player from the Brazilian team before selling him on to Tigres.
Juve pondering Lozano as Dybala replacement
With Paulo Dybala potentially off to one of the Madrid giants this summer, Juventus is considering a move for Hirving Lozano as a replacement, according to CalcioMercato .
The Mexican winger currently has scored 14 goals in his debut season in the Eredivisie and is expected to leave PSV for a larger club this offseason.
Lazio putting Reyes as priority
Lazio is looking at Diego Reyes as its first choice to replace center back Stefan De Vrij according to Corriere Dello Sport .
Last summer, Reyes’ agent and Lazio sporting director Igli Tare were in touch, and the Serie A club still has interest in signing Reyes from Porto.
Pizarro has interest in Spain, Italy
Two clubs in Italy and one in Spain are interested in signing Chivas attacker Rodolfo Pizarro, according to MedioTiempo .
Chivas would sell the 24-year-old for between $8 million-$11 million, though the report also says the club is yet to receive an official offer.
There also is interest from PSV, which is putting a $12 million bid on the table, according to Record , though that report has Chivas’ asking price at $15 million.
Pro/Rel modifications will be announced in summer
The saga of the Mexican top flight modifying how it promotes and relegates teams – and how it will grow to 20 teams – will drag on at least until this summer’s draft, according to Record .
The regulation of promoted teams having at least 20,000-seat stadium is unlikely to change with rules to be put in place about how much funding each team can receive from governments.
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One sticking point is whether teams like Dorados (owned by the same group that owns Club Tijuana), Tampico (owned by Santos) or Zacatecas (owned by Pachuca) would be allowed to be promoted.
Lainez headed to Europe in summer
Club America teenager Diego Lainez could leave the club this summer and join a team in Europe, according to Record .
The 17-year-old winger hasn’t been able to break into America’s starting XI this season but has aroused interest from clubs in Spain, Italy, Germany and England.