The Mexican saw his loan deal to Zaragoza terminated after a disastrous first half of the 2011-12 La Liga season, and is reportedly out of favor with Hoops manager Neil Lennon.Efrain Juarez is close to returning to Mexico after Celtic brass have decided to part ways with the Mexican international.
La Ciudad Deportiva reports that Juarez, on vacation in Mexico, is mulling over signing a contract with powerhouse Club América, as the club has agreed to transfer terms with Celtic.
Juarez, on loan for most of last season with Zaragoza, underwhelmed in his sophomore season in Europe, pushing him out of favor with Neil Lennon and towards a Glasgow exit.
A Club América executive has confirmed to Goal.com that the team is indeed interested in signing the player. Juarez debuted for rival UNAM Pumas after gaining fame for being part of the U-17 squad that won the World Cup in 2005, next to standouts Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela.
Solid showings for Pumas and ascension into the national team prompted a European transfer, one that sent him to the Hoops, where he quickly made a name for himself scoring in both a Champions League qualifier as well as a Europa League qualifying match for Celtic.
In all, Juarez made just 21 appearances for the Buoys before moving on to Zaragoza, where he had his loan terminated before the end of the 2011-12 La Liga season.
Signing Juarez would give América its second signing of the summer, as it have already swooped for Adrian Aldrete, formerly of Morelia.