It may finally be over.
The Carlos Valdes transfer saga will reportedly close today, according to Clarin Deportes, as San Lorenzo will get the center back for half of 2014.
Valdes will go on loan to the Argentine club, which gained popularity last year after it was revealed to be Pop Francis’ favorite team, for six months.
A source told Clarin Deportes that the Union had agreed to the deal verbally, a positive progression in a saga that has lasted nearly two months.
The offer yesterday, brought by San Lorenzo, was approved by the Colombian’s representatives and last night they got the okay of his American club, which agreed verbally.
“Everything is well underway. Tomorrow (today) we would be traveling to Argentina to close everything. We are optimistic, “he told Clarín a source close to the player.
That source also told Clarin Deportes that Valdes turned down multiple offers from a few different countries to head to San Lorenzo.
The defender, born in Cali, arriving on loan for 6 months from Independiente Santa Fe, also played for Real Cartagena, Cali and Latin America. “He wanted to play for San Lorenzo. To get to the Argentine club, he rejected offers from Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. To him this will be one of the big steps in his career,” the source expanded.
Though Clarin did not disclose whether or not there would be a buy option, there is a high likely hood that Valdes moved to San Lorenzo with one. A Six month loan will put his stay with San Lorenzo to just about the World Cup, where making Colombia’s squad or starting in Brazil will increase his value by a large margin.
The Union traded Jeff Parke, who was acquired in the wake of Valdes’ yearlong loan to Santa Fe last year, for Ethan White, leaving questions about the team’s center back pairing for 2014. Philadelphia is expected to draft a center back high in the first rounder of today’s MLS SuperDraft.