Mexican Mercado: Galindo Is A Chiva

The Mexican transfer market will close on January 15. This is an up-to-date summary of the confirmed movements in the Mexican Primera.
After weeks of speculation, defender Aarón Galindo has been officially signed by Chivas de Guadalajara.

The news were revealed by Eintracht Frankfurt on their website and it has also been confirmed by the UEFA web page.  Eintracht officials mentioned they reached an amicable agreement with Chivas and indicated that they acted and respected the players personal decision to return to his country.  The German club had previously offered Galindo a three-year contract extension, but the player decided it was moment to return and bring to an end his European adventure, with previous spells on Hércules in Spain’s second division and Swiss club Grasshopper.  

Guadalajara Vice President, Néstor de la Torre, announced on Thursday that Aarón Galindo will arrive on a four-year contract.  The VP also revealed that his signing was a long process, since Eintracht did not want to release the defender.  The player will arrive to Guadalajara the following week for his medical examination, official presentation and what club officials hope is a firm step towards the championship objectives of Mexico’s biggest club.

No Catalunya Move
RCD Espanyol have announced on their website that they have concluded negotiations to sign Cruz Azul and El Tri defensive midfielder Gerardo Torrado.  The Catalán club informed they were unable to reach an agreement with Cruz Azul, who they indicated as “not flexible during the negotiation period.”  Torrado had originally demonstrated a great interest to accept the offer to return to La Liga, and must now decide to extend his contract with the Cementeros or follow-up on their proposal to find him a club of greater rank in the summer.

After an unforgettable MLS season with FC Dallas, defender Duilio Davino will return to Mexican football to play with Puebla in the Torneo Clausura 2009.  The 32-year-old is the ninth reinforcement ahead of the upcoming campaign and he reached a satisfactory agreement with Camotero officials to play for the following five months.  The former America and El Tri defender expressed that he experienced nostalgia for the atmosphere of Mexican football and did not have to think twice when Puebla approached him with their offer and salvation plans.

“The truth is that I miss Mexican football, the people, press, fans, and signing autographs,” Davino stated.  “The fans in the United States are not as involved.  Also, this team is interested in me, they have an objective and want to survive” in the first division.

No Return Home
Atlante’s charismatic captain goalkeeper, Federico Vilar, will not abandon the Cancún side for a dream move to club Boca Juniors in his native Argentina.  The Xeneizes have expressed serious interest in acquiring the 31-year-old goalkeeper, but the offer was not sufficient for Atlante officials and no agreement was reached.  Vilar rejected that he has any feelings of resentment towards azulgrana officials and declared that he is “calm, with many desires to continue giving his best” for Atlante.

Change of Scenery
Monarcas Morelia officials announced the signing of Costa Rican midfielder Óscar Rojas for the Clausura 2009.  Rojas comes from Jaguares where he realized most of his preseason, but reached a last-minute agreement with the Michoacan side.  The 29-year-old indicated that he is excited with an arrival to a protagonist club, after previous participation with smaller Mexican clubs La Piedad, Tigres Los Mochis, Irapuato, Dorados and Veracruz.

Former Toluca and México U23 forward, Santiago Fernández, has joined the Puebla salvation effort ahead of the new season.  Fernández did not have the participation he expected on Toluca, where he was on loan, and he indicated that he is happy with this move because he considers José Luis Sánchez Solá a great coach and it will be a good challenge in his career.

Rafael Márquez Lugo hopes to find continuity and more playing time on his new club Atlante.  The 26-year-old striker has gone through five Mexican clubs and he sees a move to Cancún the right decision to consolidate himself on a great club, with an excellent manager and look for a spot on the national team.  Also, defenders Luis Angel García (Indios), David Velázquez and Paul Uzcanga (León) have been incorporated into the Potros preseason.

According to the British press, Necaxa has transferred Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega to Wigan Athletic of the Premier League.  The Mexican club have kept mum regarding the details of the transfer, but a spokesperson of the English side confirmed that “Hugo will report to Wigan on the 15th of January.”  The 23-year-old arrived to the Mexican league to play for Monterrey in 2006, and was loaned-out to Atlas before moving to Necaxa.  He scored 25 goals in 52 matches during his stay on Necaxa.

New Faces
Ecuadorean midfielder Walter Ayoví became the seventh signing of Monterrey for the Torneo Clausura 2009.  The 29-year-old arrives from El Nacional of Ecuador on a one-year loan.  Ayoví is an Ecuadorean international with 39 international matches and four goals to his name.

Argentine defender Miguel Ángel Martínez was also signed by Atlante to occupy the vacant spot left by Javier Muñoz Mustafá, who has been transferred to Pachuca.  Martínez indicated that it is a great commitment to wear the Potros jersey and that he knows of the quality of its players after following the teams championship run in the Apertura 2007 from his native Argentina.

Two Argentine footballers arrived to Jaguares of Chiapas to dispute the Torneo Clausura 2009, defender Javier Marcelo Gandolfi and midfielder Neri Cardozo.  Gandolfi arrives from Arsenal de Sarandí and Cardozo had a more-than successful run with Boca Juniors winning various championships at the domestic and international level.  The signing of Cardozo has stirred up controversy, since Boca do not want to release the player and want him to report to preseason training the following Monday. 

However, Jaguares officials declared they contacted on good terms since the 22-year-old is a free player.  Cardozo has been training with the Chiapas side for a couple weeks and has indicated that if necessary he would be willing to reimburse the remainder of his contract with Boca to concrete his move to Mexican football.

--César García,