With many European clubs struggling to fill their transfer kitties this summer there are many who are on the hunt for a shrewd loan deal that can be gleaned from some far-flung corner of the footballing world.
This has held the progression and earning power of some Mexican footballing talent back, although the floodgates are beginning to open again, as the prospect of stadiums around the world being filled to capacity looms large.
Here we take a look at those Mexican players who could be about to take advantage of football being fully reopened for business, as teams across the planet look to bolster their squads with some Mexican magic. Things are particularly heating up as the country’s biggest stars begin to do battle in the Liga MX 2021 Apertura.
José Juan Macías – From Chivas to Getafe
This 21-year-old has been on the radar of Spanish clubs for a couple of seasons, having scored the fastest ever goal in the Súper Clásico as well as showing consistent MVP form in the Mexican league and setting the tongues of betting tipsters wagging. Only the subdued international transfer market has kept him from being scooped up by a team from one of Europe’s major leagues.
Now one such club has bucked the trend in the form of Getafe with the Madrid-based team taking the striker on a season-long loan with an option to buy come the summer. This is Juan Macías’ big chance and one he may just grasp with both hands, having shown incredible composure in high pressure games for the likes of Chivas and León.
One of the good value bets to punt on could be the youngster netting 20+ goals, which is certainly what Getafe supremo Ángel Torres will be hoping for from his new big signing – so he can snap the player up at the end of the season for a fraction of what he would normally cost. All bets would then be off on how long it would take for either Atlético Madrid or Real Madrid to come knocking.
Johan Vásquez – From Olympics to Europe?
Such has been the interest from European clubs in this versatile defender that there have already been "welcome to" videos made in his honour by fans of Turkish giants Galatasaray.
His star had been rising even further as he displayed his talents for the Mexican national side at the Olympics, although he did hit a bump in the road while playing against the host nation, as he was shown a red card for hauling down a player who was clear through on goal. That will probably have little baring on his overall value, with a plethora of Dutch clubs also said to be vying with Galatasaray for his signature.
Janelly Farías – Young at Heart
It seems counterintuitive to feature a 31-year-old player on this list of up-and-coming youngsters, but Janelly Farías is someone who is blooming later in life, both as a person and as an elite level player.
She currently plies her trade for Club de Fútbol América S.A. de C.V. Femenil but has been making headlines as much for her Harvard speech about inclusion in football as she has for her defending done out on the pitch.
Here newfound status as something of an icon for the women’s game could mean that she attracts interest from North America – she used to play for the LA Galaxy – or from big clubs in Europe, many of whom are being more adventurous with their signings than their male counterparts.
Diego Lainez – About to Deliver on Early Promise
Diego Lainez has been setting tongues wagging ever since he burst on the scene as a fleet-footed teenage striker. Still only 21 years of age, he now plies his trade for Spanish side Real Betis.
He has yet to make the desired impact in Spain, but Betis appear to be keeping their patience with him, especially after he scored a crucial goal against the United States in the final of the CONCACAF Nations League Final.
If Lainez can combine his undoubted ability on the ball with a newfound eye for goal, then it may not be long before some of the giants of the European game come knocking, for a player who has already garnered the second largest transfer fee ever paid for a Mexican footballer.