Atlas wants to bring Ochoa back to Mexico
Mexico national team goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has an option to return to Liga MX in Atlas, according to ESPN Mexico .
The Rojinegros’ new ownership group is looking to make a splash and has a good relationship with the current Standard Liege shot-stopper. However, a good deal of convincing is needed for the 33-year-old to leave Europe.
Liga MX teams fighting Premier League clubs for Djaniny
Former Liga MX top scorer Djaniny has interest from Premier League teams in addition to clubs in Mexico, according to A Bola .
The Cape Verde international has continued scoring goals since leaving Mexico, with 20 league goals for Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia. Cruz Azul is interested in bringing him back to reunite with manager Pedro Caixinha, but La Maquina reportedly must fend off West Ham with Everton and Wolves also tracking the 28-year-old.
Santos, America talking about forward swap
Santos Laguna and Club America are talking about swapping forwards this summer, according to MedioTiempo .
The deal would see Oribe Peralta return to Torreon to finish his career there while Los Guerreros would send Julio Furch to Las Aguilas. Furch scored six goals in the previous tournament and will turn 30 this summer.
Cruz Azul looking to buy from abroad
Cruz Azul is planning to be active this summer and has three players based abroad high on its wish list, according to Marca Claro .
Peru international midfielder Renato Tapia, who is signed with Feyenoord but spent last season on loan with Willem II, Cerro Porteno defender Juan Escobar and former Santos Laguna forward Djaniny.
Cruz Azul manager Pedro Caixinha coached Djaniny, who won the goalscoring crown with Santos and is open to a return to Mexico from his current club in Saudi Arabia.
Other names mentioned recently are Seattle Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro and Puebla forward Lucas Cavallini (see below).
Cavallini has suitors in MLS, Spain
Puebla has offers on the table from a number of teams for forward Lucas Cavallini, according to Record .
Cruz Azul is making a strong push for the Canadian international, but he also has suitors in MLS and Spain. The Canada international forward has scored 23 Liga MX goals since arriving in the summer of 2017.
America expecting Uribe bid
America is expecting a bid from Sporting for midfielder Mateus Uribe, according to ESPN.
Las Aguilas already declined a $5 million offer for Uribe from Boca Juniors of his native Argentina. Sporting likely would double that offer.
Alanis with interest in North America
Oswaldo Alanis is in talks to return to Chivas, according to MedioTiempo .
The club, which signs only Mexicans, also has Santos Laguna’s Gerardo Arteaga and relegated Feirense center back Antonio Briseno on its list.
San Jose is also a potential destination for Alanis, according to Earthquakes show Black and Azul. Though Real Oviedo may attempt to keep the left-footed center back, Alanis’ former manager Matias Almeyda also has an eye on the defender.
Rayados players with European chance
Monterrey wouldn’t stop Rodolfo Pizarro or Carlos Rodriguez from moving to Europe this summer, according to sporting director Duilio Davino.
A pair of scouts working with Manchester United were in attendance for Monterrey’s playoff match against Necaxa, according to Multimedios Deportes . They later were spotted talking to the Rodriguez’s agent.
Rayados attacker Rodolfo Pizarro also has been the subject of European interest in the past weeks. Genoa, Parma and Udinese reportedly are interested in Serie A, while La Liga clubs also have been keeping an eye on the former Chivas playmaker.
Betis wants Guardado extension
Andres Guardado’s agent is set to travel to Seville to work on a contract extension with Real Betis, according to ABC Sevilla
The 32-year-old’s current deal would keep him in La Liga through summer of 2020. The player has been targeted by Liga MX and MLS teams in the past and manager Quique Setien’s departure could make it more appealing for him to return to North America. Still, Real Betis are seeking a deal that would keep him with the club in 2020-21 and have an option for an additional season .
Germany or the Netherlands options for Guzman
Victor Guzman is interested in a move to Europe, with clubs in Germany and the Netherlands potential destinations, according to the player’s agent, Matias Bunge .
The Pachuca midifelder was linked with a move abroad in previous transfer windows and could take the leap this summer. The agent also represents Diego Reyes and said reports linking the defender to Tigres are premature with the sides yet to speak .
Gio asking for big money to play in Liga MX
Giovani dos Santos is looking to become one of Liga MX’s highest-paid players, according to Univision Deportes .
Currently without a club and training in the Mexican federation’s training center , the former LA Galaxy attacker is looking to make $4.5 million a year. His father is in advanced talks with Cruz Azul, which is the favorite to sign the 29-year-old, though Monterrey and America also are potential landing spots .
Chivas planning summer overhaul
Chivas is planning a total overhaul this summer with relegation becoming a looming threat in 2019-20, according to Record .
Among the targets for the Guadalajara side, which signs only Mexican players, are Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona and Leon right back Fernando Navarro. Tigres right back Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez and winger Jurgen Damm also are on the radar. So too is center back Antonio Briseno, who spent last season with relegated Portuguese side Feirense.
That is only one portion of what the club hopes to do, though. Leon is ready to negotiate with Chivas to make sure young forward Jose Juan Macias stays with the club long-term, according to MedioTiempo . Chivas have put a price of $15 million on the 19-year-old to join Leon full-time after the loan expires in December.
However, Leon wants to move the process along with negotiations potentially involving Chivas summer target and current Pachuca defender/midfielder Erick Aguirre. Leon midfielder Luis Montes also is on Chivas’ wish list, but doesn’t want to leave the club where he’s been since 2011 .
Napoli and Lozano reach agreement
Napoli is offering Hirving Lozano a five-year contract after reaching an agreement to buy the El Tri winger, according to Corriere dello Sport .
Lozano’s agent, Mina Riaola , met with Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis earlier this month, with the club agreeing to pay 40 million euros to PSV.
In the winter, Il Mattino reported Riaola and the Serie A side had an agreement but Napoli wasn’t yet willing to meet PSV’s $40 million asking price . Gazzetta dello Sport reported Manchester United stepped up its interest and was working with Rialoa, spurring Napoli to attempt to lock things down before another club swoops in to sign him.
The 23- year-old PSV player has stood out since moving abroad from Pachuca and garnered attention from a number of top clubs .
Grandes in for Jurado
Veracruz owner Fidel Kuri said this week that two of Mexico’s four grandes have inquired about signing young goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado. The owner said Cruz Azul and Pumas have Jurado on the radar with the idea to bring in the rising star to push their veteran goalkeepers.
When asked about tracking the 21-year-old, however, Cruz Azul manager Pedro Caixinha said the club could continue to rely on Jesus Corona, calling the 38-year-old one of the two best goalkeepers in Liga MX.
Pumas set price for Gonzalez
Pumas are willing to sell forward Carlos Gonzalez this summer, according to Record .
The Paraguayan forward has been one of the Mexico City club’s top players, but he’s set to go the way of Ismael Sosa and Nicolas Castillo as forwards sold by the team. Pumas are set to ask for $10 million for the 26-year-old .
PSV, Ajax to battle for Alvarez
Both Ajax and PSV have spoken with people close Club America and Mexico defender Edson Alvarez, according to De Telegraaf .
PSV is hoping to move quickly, but Ajax could more easily pay Las Aguilas’ asking price of €10 million (£9m/$11m).
Able to play center back, defensive midfielder or even right back, the versatile 21-year-old also has been the target of interest from Celtic and Ajax but PSV has a long history of signing Mexican players. The report indicates there also is interest from Serie A with Inter, Atalanta and Fiorentina keeping Alvarez on the radar.
Earlier this year, Eindhoven Dagblad reported PSV was high on the defender but had lost interest in signing Monterrey attacker Rodolfo Pizarro. The report noted, however, that the interest that previously existed for Rodolfo Pizarro has died out since the former Chivas playmaker made his move north to Monterrey .
Herrera heading to Atletico
Hector Herrera has reached an agreement to join Atletico Madrid and is set to sign a five-year deal with the club, according to Marca .
Last month, Portuguese newspaper O Jogo reported Herrera had been convinced of Diego Simeone’s vision and was ready to join Los Colchoneros. The Mexico midfielder is set to spurn Inter after the Italian club’s long courtship, along with Roma and Milan opting instead to play in La Liga. Herrera’s Porto contract expires this summer, allowing him to move on a free.