Chivas and America in spat as Liga MX draft starts to heat up

The Mexican clubs exchanged verbal blows over rumors regarding Edgar Solis, while a number of other players -- including U.S. left back Edgar Castillo -- could be on the move.
Liga MX owners, coaches, journalists and players have all descended on Cancun ahead of Wednesday’s draft, in which clubs will be looking to strength their hands ahead of the Apertura 2013.

Unlike a traditional “draft,” the Liga MX meet-up is more of a gathering of the clubs to thrash out deals ahead of the domestic transfer deadline.

2013 Clausura champion Club America and Chivas have already had a falling out, after rumors spread that Guadalajara player Edgar “Tepa” Solis, who had been on loan to Monterrey, was of interest to America coach Miguel Herrera.

“In Chivas, our ideals are firm,” Chivas wrote on its official Twitter page on Monday. “No player that belongs to Guadalajara can be negotiated to America.”

It didn’t take long for the Mexico City club to respond in kind, and when it did, it was direct and to the bone.

“Club America, current Mexican soccer champion, informs that we aren’t interested in any player currently in the Chivas squad,” read the tweet.

America has been linked with both Jefferson Montero and Luis Gabriel Rey, but much will likely depend on whether Christian Benitez actually does leave. Chivas could be in the hunt for Angel Reyna, and Jeronimo Amione has also been mentioned as a possible newcomer.

Elsewhere, there has been more common ground between clubs. Gerardo Lugo is on the brink of a move from Santos Laguna to Tigres. Over at Leon, Colombian Franco Arizala has joined fellow new recuits Elias Hernandez and Fernando Navarro.

In Club Tijuana, Duvier Riascos and U.S. international fullback Edgar Castillo are attracting interest from Brazilian clubs, while newcomers Chiapas FC will be looking for a mammoth 15 players before Wednesday’s deadline.