Liga MX transfer news: The latest rumors and chisme in Mexican soccer

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Is Hirving Lozano bound for Serie A? Will Edson Alvarez move to Europe? What's next for Hector Herrera? Goal summarizes the transfer talk

Ownership changes afoot in Liga MX

TV Azteca's desire to sell one or both the clubs in its portfolio has several bidders interested.

The owner of automotive lubricant company Akron has a bid on the table to purchase Atlas, according to  TVC Deportes Akron's name currently adorns Guadalajara rival Chivas' stadium.

Monarcas de Morelia also have drawn attention with  Record  reporting current Santos Laguna owner Grupo Orlegi is interested in purchasing Monarcas. However, the intention would be to move the first-division club to Tamaulipas. Currently, Grupo Orlegi operates a second-division side there, which announced this week it will pay a fine that allows it to continue to play in the Ascenso after being relegated after this tournament. The report indicates the group, led by Alejandro Irarragorri, tried previously to buy Lobos BUAP and Veracruz with the idea of bringing first-division football to Tamaulipas.

Earlier this month a report emerged that Veracruz owner Fidel Kuri wants $50 million for the club, according to MedioTiempo The Tiburones Rojos are set to be relegated but could pay a 120 million peso (around $6.25 million) fee to keep their spot in the first division. 

The Mexican federation and other club owners don't want that to happen if Kuri still owns the club, but he's willing to sell. A group of businessmen from Monterrey are interested in buying but have been put off not only by the asking price but by the debt the club currently has on the books.

Grandes in for Jurado

Veracruz owner Fidel Kuri said this week that two of Mexico's four grandes have inquired about signing young goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado. The owner said Cruz Azul and Pumas have Jurado on the radar with the idea to bring in the rising star to push their veteran goalkeepers.

When asked about tracking the 21-year-old, however, Cruz Azul manager Pedro Caixinha said the club could continue to rely on Jesus Corona, calling the 38-year-old one of the two best goalkeepers in Liga MX.

Pumas set price for Gonzalez

Pumas are willing to sell forward Carlos Gonzalez this summer, according to Record .

The Paraguayan forward has been one of the Mexico City club's top players, but he's set to go the way of Ismael Sosa and Nicolas Castillo as forwards sold by the team. Pumas are set to ask for $10 million for the 26-year-old.

Maradona may leave Dorados for Huracan

Diego Maradona could be the next manager of Huracan, according to  Record .

Former America and Monterrey manager Antonio Mohamed is once again set to leave the club with which he made his professional debut after failing to get the results desired in the second half of the season.

That could leave El Globo in search of a boss, and after Maradona's impressive two seasons with Dorados in the Mexican second division, the team is expected to make a push for "el Pibe de Oro."

River could turn to Barovero

Marcelo Barovero could make his return to River Plate this summer, according to TNT Sports Latin America .

With the chances goalkeeper Franco Armani will leave after the Copa America increasingly high with suitors in Europe and Colombia, Los Millonarios would move to bring Barovero in again. The Argentine goalkeeper currently plays with Monterrey but is on loan from Necaxa.

Timbers scouting Necaxa's Fernandez

The Portland Timbers have directors in Aguascalientes looking to finalize a move for Necaxa attacker Brian Fernandez, according to  Record .

The Argentine has had a breakout season, with his 11 goals currently leading the Clausura. That has drawn interest from Liga MX teams like Cruz Azul, but with Necaxa hoping for $10 million-$12 million for the 24-year-old, MLS may be a more reasonable destination.  

PSV, Ajax to battle for Alvarez

Both Ajax and PSV have spoken with people close Club America and Mexico defender Edson Alvarez, according to De Telegraaf .

PSV is hoping to move quickly, but Ajax could more easily pay Las Aguilas' asking price of €10 million (£9m/$11m).

Able to play center back, defensive midfielder or even right back, the versatile 21-year-old also has been the target of interest from Celtic and Ajax but PSV has a long history of signing Mexican players. The report indicates there also is interest from Serie A with Inter, Atalanta and Fiorentina keeping Alvarez on the radar.

Earlier this year,  Eindhoven Dagblad reported PSV was high on the defender but had lost interest in signing Monterrey attacker Rodolfo Pizarro. The report noted, however, that the interest that previously existed for Rodolfo Pizarro has died out since the former Chivas playmaker made his move north to Monterrey.

Herrera heading to Atletico

Hector Herrera has reached an agreement to join Atletico Madrid and is set to sign a five-year deal with the club, according to Marca .

Last month, Portuguese newspaper   O Jogo   reported Herrera had been convinced of Diego Simeone's vision and was ready to join Los Colchoneros.  The Mexico midfielder is set to spurn Inter after the Italian club's long courtship, along with Roma and Milan opting instead to play in La Liga. Herrera's Porto contract expires this summer, allowing him to move on a free. 

Napoli holding off United for Lozano 

Napoli is working to sign Hirving Lozano as Manchester United steps up its interest in the player, according to  Gazzetta dello Sport .

In the winter, Il Mattino  reported that Lozano's agent Mina Riaola and the Serie A side had an agreement but Napoli wasn't yet willing to meet PSV's $40 million asking price. Now, Manchester United is stepping its interest and working with Rialoa, spurring Napoli to attempt to lock things down before another club swoops in to sign him.

The 23-year-old PSV player has stood out since moving abroad from Pachuca and garnered attention from a number of top clubs.

America may part ways with Menez

Club America is considering parting ways with midfielder Jeremy Menez this offseason, according to  Esto .

The Frenchman still has six months remaining on his contract with Las Aguilas but his recovery from an ACL injury was followed up with another injury, and America is considering setting the player loose early to free up an international place. 

Bundesliga club interested in Santos defender

Werder Bremen is keeping a close eye on Santos Laguna right back Jose Abella, according to Televisa .

The Bundesliga side is interested in the defender, who could command a transfer fee of 3 million euros, though it's also looking at other options in the Americas.

FMF pursuing LA Galaxy's Alvarez

Efrain Alvarez is in line for a Mexico call-up, perhaps as soon as this summer's Gold Cup, according to ESPN .

However, the United States remains an option for the 16-year-old, who made his MLS debut and had an assist for the LA Galaxy in 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

Chivas ready to play hardball for Macias

Chivas are in no rush to sell forward Jose Juan Macias to Leon, according to  Record .

Currently on loan with Leon, Macias has four goals in five matches. However, Chivas have put a price of $15 million on the 19-year-old to join Leon full-time after the season.

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The high clause was inserted in part because of Grupo Pachuca, which owns Leon and Pachuca, driving a hard bargain and demanding $8 million for goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota in the 2018 Clausura.

Cruz Azul considering move for Milan midfielder

Cruz Azul is looking to bring in AC Milan midfielder Jose Mauri in the summer, according to  Sport Mediaset .

The 22-year-old has played in only four Serie A matches this season and is set to leave the club on a free after the season concludes.