Several European-based Mexicans could be on the move in the coming weeks, including the Dos Santos brothers.
Giovani Dos Santos’ recent performances at the Confederations Cup against good sides in Brazil and Italy strengthened his hand, ahead of a move from relegated Mallorca.
Newly-promoted Villarreal is the latest club to register interest in the 24-year-old forward.
“We have a long list of options and we don’t deny that Gio is one of them,” Villarreal president Fernando Roig said this week.
With Dos Santos thought to want to stay in Spain, the LA Galaxy’s speculative bid to lure him back to North America seems likely to fail, with Valencia and Atletico Madrid also reportedly interested.
A story in Spainish publication AS claimed that negotiations between Valencia and Dos Santos had advanced well before the Villarreal interest was announced.
Atletico Madrid could also be tempted into the battle for Giovani, to help fill the huge hole Radamel Falcao will leave next season, although there are widespread reports that Diego Simeone would prefer Wolfsburg’s Diego and/or Catania’s Alejandro Gomez.
Jonathan Dos Santos looks set to join brother Giovani in leaving Barcelona without establishing himself, but with a World Cup around the corner, the 23-year-old needs to be playing regularly.
Belgian outfit Anderlecht has agreed a 2.5-million euro fee with Barcelona for Jonathan, according to Marca, although Betis, Sevilla and Celta are also reported to be interested, as is Fiorentina in Italy.
Hector Moreno looks set to stay at Javier Aguirre’s Espanyol, even though there have been suggestions that a move to a Champions League club could be on the cards.
Chelsea was mentioned as a possible destination by Azteca Deportes, although the same outlet claims that the 25-year-old has a 20 million euro release clause and that his contract runs until June 2016.
Under those circumstances, it is unlikely Espanyol – which finished last season in 13th position in La Liga – would sell and everything indicates the center back is settled in Barcelona.
Over in the Basque region, Carlos Vela’s future at Real Sociedad had been the subject of speculation, with Arsenal’s option to bring him back to London for 4.2 million euros surely tempting for Arsene Wenger. Vela has been consistent, though, in stating his desire is to stay in Bilbao.
In England, Javier Hernandez - the only Mexican in the Premier League – may know a little more about his immediate future this week, with new Manchester United coach David Moyes due to start work on Monday.
The Red Devils continue to be linked in the British press to Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. If the Pole arrives and Wayne Rooney stays, it could threaten Chicharito’s place in the squad, although both player and club have consistently stated that the Mexican will stay.
Finally, in France, Guillermo Ochoa is widely expected to move on from minnows Ajaccio and his agent told France Football recently that the former America player feels at home in France and would like to stay.
Rumors of interest from Italy and Spain have also swirled, but there has been nothing concrete so far and an extended stay at Ajaccio, where he has impressed since moving two years ago, shouldn’t be ruled out.