Some of the biggest names in Mexican soccer are likely to be playing for new teams come the 2013-14 season.As spring plods forward into summer, the rumor mill starts to grind away with increasing velocity. Already there has been media talk about Mexican players on both sides of the Atlantic potentially moving to pastures new.
Stories about Manchester United’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez moving on have been quashed by the player and Sir Alex Ferguson, but they aren’t going away and are coming from different sources. The former Chivas striker did say recently that he wasn’t 100 percent happy with the amount of minutes he has got this season, and if Robert Lewandowski or Radamel Falcao did make their way to Old Trafford, Hernandez could find himself in an untenable position.
Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Juventus have been touted as potential destinations for the player known around Manchester as Little Pea.
For Jonathan Dos Santos, a summer move seems likely according to his recent comments about how important next season is for him – with one eye surely on Brazil 2014 - and interest in his services is already growing.
Dos Santos is now 23 years old and working into one of the midfield spots at Barcelona isn’t exactly an easy proposition with Iniesta, Xavi et al to contend with. His career, at least from the outside, needs an injection of serious playing time. Should he take the decisive step and leave the Catalan giant, there would be no shortage of takers, with Sevilla, Mallorca, Olympiakos, Everton and Liverpool all linked to the younger Dos Santos brother in recent months.
Another player likely to be packing his bags is former America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, with Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Spanish clubs all mentioned in the Mexican press as possible destinations for the ‘keeper, who is currently enjoying a memorable season for Ajaccio in Ligue 1.
‘Memo’ is seeking a club in which he will be guaranteed a starting spot and that will be in continental European competition next season ahead of Brazil 2014.
It’s an open secret that Carlos Vela has a very affordable return clause to Arsenal in his contract with Real Sociedad and while he has stated he is happy at the club, Arsene Wenger may well be mulling over a possible return considering the Cancun native’s blistering form this season. After all, there must’ve been a reason Arsenal insisted on that clause.
Perhaps Hector Moreno doesn’t make the front pages of sports publications in Mexico as much as Vela, but the Espanyol player has enjoyed another standout season in La Liga.
The 25-year-old appears to be ready to take the next step into the upper echelon of European clubs, and teams like Barcelona, Inter and Juventus have been mentioned in Spanish and Italian press reports.
Giovani Dos Santos’ club career seems to wade from one obstacle into another. With Mallorca in last place in La Liga and the prospect of relegation very much real, the forward could also be on the move. Plenty of teams in Italy (Inter, Fiorentina, Sampdoria) are supposedly interested if Dos Santos was to move on, as well as Swansea in the Premier League.
In Mexico, Pachuca’s Hector Herrera looks set to be heading over to Europe in the offseason. Porto leads the pack in getting his signature, with stories out that it is basically a done deal, but those Manchester United rumors have refused to go away.
This could also be the summer that Marco Fabian achieves his dream of moving to Europe, but a lot depends on Chivas’ disposition to sell its primary asset at a time when the club is struggling. Bundesliga club Schalke has been heavily linked with Fabian, while Stuttgart and even Bayern Munich have previously been mentioned.
The agent of Monterrey youngster Jesus Corona has also claimed that there is interest following his displays at the Club World Cup, but, as yet, no firm offers.
Elsewhere, Tigres’ Jorge Torres Nilo laughed off suggestions recently that he was heading to Twente in Holland, while Monterrey’s Hiram Mier has made no secret of his desire to play on the other side of the Atlantic and the suggestions are that teams like Roma and Liverpool are following his progress.
It could well be a busy summer.
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