Club America has boosted its strike force once again with the arrival of Michael Arroyo, as the 27-year-old has confirmed he will be joining Las Aguilas.
“I’m very happy about what is coming up having signed for America,” Arroyo told the Ecuadorian soccer federation's official site Monday, adding that he would be arriving in Mexico on Tuesday.
Striker Arroyo – who signs from relegated Atlante - said he was delighted to be featuring for a big club in the Liga MX and highlighted how welcoming Mexico and its soccer community have been to Ecuadorians like Christian “Chucho” Benitez, Enner Valencia, Fidel Martinez, Walter Ayovi and Joao Rojas.
Arroyo may have to battle for a starting spot, with his new club currently loaded with center forwards.
He joins Mexico internationals Oribe Peralta and Raul Jimenez and Colombian Luis Gabriel Rey at Las Aguilas, although the Arroyo signing could open the door for 23-year-old Jimenez to leave.
Jimenez has been consistently linked with a move to Porto to join Hector Herrera and Diego Reyes since before the World Cup, and the player has said he would like to play in Europe.
Club America’s sporting director Ricardo Pelaez said Sunday that the ideal situation for the club would be to do a deal with a European club now and for Jimenez to move in the winter, after the Apertura 2014 finishes, just like the move Reyes did one year ago.
Pelaez also stated he wouldn’t stop any player who has a good opportunity to play in Europe, provided the offer is right for both the club and the player.