Not too much movement in this transfer window for Mexicans but the window is still open. In the last week, there has been some rumblings. Let’s check out the latest.
Reports out of Portugal and Spain peg Real Sociedad as the favorites to land Diego Reyes. The Mexican International does not seem to be rated by new Porto manager Nuno Espiritu Santo. All signs point to Porto not fighting a move away from Estadio do Dragao for Reyes. But this is Porto we are talking about and they command top dollar for their players. As such, the Portuguese giants will want to recoup as much of the nearly $8mil transfer fee that was paid to Club America back in December of 2012. Reyes only has 2 years left on his contract and Porto prefers a transfer this window rather than a loan. However, a loan with a hefty fee could be enough to entice them.
Real Sociedad’s Sporting Director has mentioned Diego Reyes as a possible signing. He said Reyes is “a good player with potential” but stressed the club would have to move a player before being able to add Diego. Real Sociedad is not the only Spanish club after Diego. The next couple of weeks will be important for the Club America product’s future.
In the same press conference, Loren (Real’s Sporting Director) was asked about Carlos Vela’s status with the club. He said it was “Vela’s decision to stay at Real Sociedad, contrary to last Summer.” Real has no doubts that Vela is excited and ready to contribute to a good season for the club and for himself. The Loren even commented on Vela’s nagging injuries and how last season was a subpar campaign for him. Vela has been given a clean bill of health going into the season. It appears he is not going anywhere...at least not until he rebuilds his transfer value.
A player I did not expect to hear included in transfer rumors was Miguel Layun but the arrival of Alex Telles from Galatasaray has changed that. Nuno started Telles at LB in the season opener and has mentioned playing Layun as a winger. Porto are currently negotiating the transfer of Oliver Torres from Atletico Madrid. Reports are the Portuguese club tried including Layun into those negotiations but Atletico declined. Los Colchoneros signed Filipe Luis last year and he is entrenched as their LB. If Porto decided to move Layun, he would have plenty of suitors.
Raul Gudiño is expected to go out on loan like he did in the 2nd half of last season but he is still at Porto B. A Bola is reporting the Mexican might have found a club. Newly promoted “Chaves” could be his next destination. I’m hoping this loan will be a little more successful than his last & the team can stay up in the first division.
Cesar Montes was one of the only players to improve his stock after the Rio Olympics. His improved play and immense potential has not gone unnoticed. O Jogo believes Sporting CP and Roma are tracking Montes. Portugal seems to be a place Mexicans have thrived and I would definitely welcome a move there for Montes.
Any transfer moves you want to see happen?