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El Tri Transfer News: Mexicans On The Move

With a few weeks left in January’s Transfer window, will we see any Mexicans change clubs?

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Rumors are flying with clubs scrambling to get the players they need to close out the season. Some of those rumors include Mexican National Team players. Lets sift through them.

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Raul has suffered through an injury plagued season that has seen him only start 6 games. However, his lack of playing time has not hampered his production. He already has 8 goals and is scoring one every 91 minutes. Benfica is a selling club and has never turned a blind eye when a suitor comes in with a great offer. After everything, Raul turned down a salary of $8m (tax free) and said he was more interested in glory than money. The English papers are now linking him with Liverpool but something tells me he will see out this season at Benfica. Now he just needs to stay healthy.

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Jona is a starter on a team fighting for a Champions League spot in La Liga. Why would he even be linked with a move away from Villarreal? I think the guy just likes to hang out with his big bro. His older brother just happens to be Giovani Dos Santos, who plays for the LA Galaxy. A club with a history of splashing cash on their Designated Players. They recently let go of Keane and Gerrard. Naturally, Gio always says his brother would be interested in a move to LA to join him and they have the DP spots open. Rumors heated up this past month but all signs point to this just being a case of Brotherly Love.

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The Little Pea is going through a bit of a rough patch but his services are still in demand. Some papers had him going back to England to join up with league leaders Chelsea. The fee being thrown around was $42m and that was before the latest dust up between starting striker Diego Costa and the club. Those rumors have died down since Chicharito said he had no intention of leaving the club. The sporting director did not rule out a sale but said they would only consider a “crazy offer.” Besides Chelsea, MLS expansion club, LAFC, have made it known they want him for their inaugural season in 2018. Chicharito has a contract with Bayer through the 2018 Summer. Look for “Chicharito to MLS” rumors to continue.

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El Principito is another player being coveted by an MLS club. Atlanta United FC are about to start their first season in MLS and have long wanted to make Guardado their marquee player. Our friends over at Dirty South Soccer have the latest on this saga. Long story short, he is staying put..... for now.

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The player most likely to move this window but even then, the chance is small, is Lozano. Fans have long predicted he would be Mexico’s latest export to Europe but a sale has not materialized. Manchester United was a possible suitor last Summer but Pachuca’s directors said a concrete offer was never made. Ajax is the latest club linked to him but as the case with most “smaller clubs” in Europe, he might be too expensive. His reported release clause is $20m Euros and there is no way Ajax can afford to pay that. Pachuca might accept a lower offer but Lozano will not come cheap. One thing is certain, his next move will not be within Mexico per his own words.