Mexico’s Olympic gold medal-winning midfielder Hector Herrera is inching closer to a move to Portugal.
That’s what Pachuca vice-president Andres Fassi told French website Sofoot.com this week, indicating that only small details need to be finalized to make the deal official.
While he didn’t name the club, reports in the Mexican press suggest 22-year-old Herrera will be joining El Tri teammate Diego Reyes at Porto.
Fassi added that a number of European clubs, including teams from the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1, have shown interest in the highly coveted Pachuca player, but didn’t specifically name the clubs.
“What I can announce is that Hector is going to Europe in June,” said Fassi.
Herrera has long been linked in the press both sides of the Atlantic with a move to Manchester United, but Fassi wouldn’t be drawn in, saying only that Herrera has all the necessary attributes to become a Premier League player.
“Aside from his technical quality, he has physical ability; he runs between 12 and 13 kilometers a game," he explained. "For a player in his position, he also gets into the opposition box and provides assists. The player has no limit. For me, he is the most talented player to leave Mexico in the last 15 years.”
Herrera has started the Mexican Clausura championship in good form. In the opening weekend, he scored a memorable solo goal in his team’s 2-0 victory over Atlante.
The central midfielder, who can also play on the wing, rose to prominence during and before Mexico’s Olympic gold medal-winning run. He has appeared 38 times in Mexico’s top division, making his debut in July 2011. Herrera debuted for the full Mexican national team last October in a World Cup qualifier against El Salvador.