The Liga MX draft threatened to be an anticlimactic affair for much of Wednesday afternoon, until the news at night that two of the league’s highest profile players -- Aldo de Nigris and Duvier Riascos -- would be on the move.
Chivas has been stuck in a rut recently, finishing the Clausura season in 17th position, and the signing of Mexico international De Nigris represents a huge coup for the club.
“Chivas made an interesting proposal (in the afternoon), we spoke with Aldo and he wanted to take up the challenge,” Monterrey president Luis Miguel Salvador told reporters. “We hadn’t contemplated it, but Aldo showed he was open to accepting it and we all benefit.”
With the new signing, Chivas now boasts an impressive array of forwards including Rafael Marquez Lugo, Miguel Sabah and Marco Fabian, a fact that has delighted coach Benjamin Galindo.
“Without doubt this is something that will help us fight to be protagonists, because this team is always obliged to go for the title,” stated Galindo.
Elsewhere, explosive Club Tijuana forward Riascos was expected to move to Europe, but instead signed for Pachuca, which also brought in Ecuadoran midfielder Walter Ayovi.
In other major signings, Colombian Luis Gabriel Rey was purchased by America, Joao Rojas moved from Morelia to Cruz Azul and U.S. international Herculez Gomez signed for Club Tijuana from Santos Laguna.
Clubs that haven’t filled their five permitted international slots can bring in players from abroad before the Sept. 5 deadline.