Every time the Carlos Valdes transfer saga has seemed to have come to an end, the bottom falls out on the proposed deal. The latest causality of the constantly evolving process was San Lorenzo.
The Argentine club pulled out of negotiations late Thursday according to a report by Win Sports, a Colombian news outlet.
A source informed Win Sports that either (due to the wording of the article, the translation is disputed; four separate translators were used with two different translations produce) something was published that should not have been published by media, or someone/something ‘attacked’ MLS and pushed San Lorenzo to stop pursuing Valdes.
The new front runners for Valdes’ signature are Millonarios, the rival of Santa Fe, where the center back was just on loan, and Atletico Paranaense, of Brazil.
Both sides have begun their own talks ahead of the upcoming deadline for South American clubs to register players for the next half season.
Word out of Colombia is that national team head coach Jose Pekerman has pushed Valdes to play at the beginning of the 2014 year, instead of waiting for MLS to start in March, in order to stay on the World Cup squad’s radar. It was at Pekerman’s insistence that Valdes went to Santa Fe on loan in 2013, which helped him force his way into Colombia’s gameday roster for much of the year.
Win Sports also stated that Valdes would report to the Union in February, presumably for the team’s preseason trip to Florida, if no deal was reached with a foreign club.
(Thanks to @Phily_brown10, @FootballIntellect, @EdWelshSays and @marksxj for the translation help)