Carlos Valdes Transfer Saga: San Lorenzo Lodge A Bid, Barcelona (Ecuador) Interested

Here’s your daily Carlos Valdes update (I’ll do them once a day until something truly major happens, i.e. he signs with a team):

  • San Lorenzo is most definitely in for Valdes. His agent said as much today. The Argentine club is the closest to signing Valdes at the moment and for a good reason: they’re playing in Copa Libertadores this season and can afford him, contrary to previous reports.

“We’ve had discussions back and forth to San Lorenzo, the player’s interest is great because it’s one of the big 5 in Argentina and their coach, Bauza, contacted the [Union] coaching staff of the team to make some inquiries regarding San Lorenzo in 2014 and it seems that everything is defined in the next 24 hours, “he said.

  • Barcelona Sporting Club, of Ecuador, is also in for Valdes, although not with an official bid. Their interest comes on the heels of Millonarios essentially falling out of the race and Atletico Paranaense disappearing, as well. Barcelona is well behind San Lorezno in the hunt to capture Valdes’ signature, though.

Pachon added that “there is also interest from Barcelona of Ecuador. They were significantly hurt due to the injuries of Reinaldo Rueda and Jayro Campos… Barcelona immediately contacted us by my friendship with President Antonio Noboa and coach Carlos Ischia, with whom I have friends for many years ago, but the player is closer to San Lorenzo.”

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Jeff Parke Traded For Ethan White, Union And DCU Swap Allocation Order Spots

In a trade reminiscent of the offloading of Shavar Thomas*, the Philadelphia Union sent Jeff Parke and the sixth overall allocation order spot to DC United for Ethan White and the first overall allocation order spot.

The first word of the trade came from ESPN’s Marc Connolly, and then followed up by the Washington Post’s Steven Goff (Soccer Insider). Official word may be delayed, as pointed out by The Goalkeeper’s Johnathan Tannenwald, due to a meeting of all Major League Soccer PR staff today.

The general consensus was that the Union had made off in the deal, having traded an aging veteran center back, albeit one of the bright spots in 2013 for Philadelphia, for a young center back with potential and conceivably a recent member of the United States Men’s National Team.

Maurice Edu is expected to be the next player affiliated with the USMNT to either return to or come to MLS. The latest player was Michael Parkhurst, who followed Michael Bradley, and previously Clint Dempsey, to MLS.

The addition of Edu would signal an end to Brian Carroll’s time with the Union and an extension of the curse of the Philadelphia captain’s armband. As reported by Kessler Reports earlier this month, Carroll may have been put on the trade block prior to these events being set in motion.

*In the Shavar Thomas trade, the Union acquired two second round SuperDraft selections that later became Carroll, in a trade, and Raymon Gaddis.

Fabinho Update: He’s “Planning To Return” Says Dave Zeitlin

Kessler Reports previously reported, citing articles out of Brazil, that the Philadelphia Union’s left back, Fabinho, was moving to Serie B. According to Union beat writer Dave Zeitlin, Fabinho  wants to come back to Philadelphia.

@scottdkessler hey #KesslerReports, you have the wrong Fabinho. The Union one is still planning to return to Philly.

For the initial report, I reached out to a few Brazilian reporters/outlets to make sure I was writing about the correct Fabinho, since there is also a Fabinho Alves (the Union Fabinho’s name is Fabio Alves Macedo, which is rather close to Fabinho Alves’ real name, Fábio da Silva Alves), who plays striker.

Unfortunately, perhaps due to the language barrier, it appears that the other Fabinho Alves is the one mentioned in the reports used in my own article.

I apologize for the mistake and will work harder to prevent these problems in the future.

Carlos Valdes Transfer Saga: Millonarios Are Close Or Haven’t Placed A Bid? San Lorenzo out?

Here are three updates from this morning:

  • Millonarios remain close to signing Carlos Valdes. Their attempt to acquire Valdes could come to an end today, with outlets in Colombia choosing to expand Antena 2’s “few hours” time frame from yesterday. Millonarios are the crosstown rivals of Santa Fe, where Valdes came to the Union from and eventually was loaned back to for the 2013 season. Santa Fe’s failure to retain Valdes stemmed from their request to pay his transfer fee in one payment, instead of in installments. The Bogota club wanted to  buy out the Union, who own 60 percent of Valdes, despite Philadelphia stating in official press releases they have purchased his rights in a full transfer.
  • Millonarios may not have put in a formal bid, however, which would make the previous bullet point completely useless. According to Ivan Gutierrez, a reporter with MARCA of Colombia, tweeted this morning that Millonarios haven’t tabled an offer for Valdes.
  • Valdes’ salary and agent bonus demands may have ruled San Lorenzo out of the chase for his signature. A tweet by Colombian reporter Luis Felipe Lucero stated that “high economic demands” had forced San Lorenzo to drop out of talks. That would leave Millonarios, Brazil’s Atletico Paranaense and possibly Santa Fe as the only teams still linked to Valdes.

Carlos Valdes Transfer Saga: Deal With Millonarios Possible In Coming Hours

The Carlos Valdes transfer saga may finally come to a close today.

Antena 2 Deportes, a Colombian news outlet, has reported that Millonarios are near a resolution on signing Valdes.  Millonarios have jumped out in front of other teams for Valdes’ signature, as Antena 2 is reporting that the negotiations have become advanced, signaling a possible deal today.

Millonarios first came onto the radar as a competitor for Valdes’ rights last week, but had seemed to fall out of favor when Argentine club San Lorenzo moved into the front of the pack this weekend.

The club is a rival of Santa Fe, which was Valdes’ team prior to moving to the Philadelphia Union and the team he was on loan with in 2013. Brown Lugo, who helped translate for Kessler Reports, had this to say about Valdes moving from Santa Fe to Millonarios:

It’s not that big of a deal because there weren’t any problems, but it’s like someone from Philly going to the Cowboys or Redbulls. People will see him in a completely different way.

Valdes’ push to move away from the Union was confirmed by Antena 2 to be coming from his desire to keep on the radar of Jose Pekerman, Colombia’s national team manager, ahead of the 2014 World Cup. The center back has become a fringe player for the country’s 23-man roster for Brazil.

Carlos Valdes Transfer Saga: San Lorenzo Talks Fail, But Two Other Teams Step In

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)

Source: Union Close To Signing Cristian Maidana

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As originally reported by Philly Soccer Page yesterday, the Philadelphia Union were pursuing Cristian Maidana, an Argentine midfielder.

Kessler Reports has learned that the talks between Maidana’s camp and the Union are in advanced stages. A source, who asked to remain anonymous because of the ongoing negotiations, told Kessler Reports that the progress has been positive and “both sides expect a deal to be signed.”

Maidana recently left Argentinos Juniors after the player and club mutually agreed to end his contract.

Here’s what Philly Soccer Page had to say about Maidana:

Maidana is a left-footed winger who has played professionally in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Russia, garnering a $3.5 million transfer fee for a move to Spartak Moscow in 2008. He spent three years on the books in Moscow, some of which was on loan with other clubs, before returning to the Americas on a full contract in 2011. Maidana spent the 2012-13 season with Atlante in Mexico and joined Argentinos Juniors for the 2013 Apertura season. Transfermarkt lists his market value as 750,000 euros, or approximately $1.02 million.

Union Reportedly Targeted Victor Figueroa Of Newell’s Old Boys

Argentina has become the new Colombia for the Philadelphia Union.

The mark of head scout Ricardo Ansaldi was on the club’s failed transfer bid for Pablo Perez, and now it can be seen on a similar attempt for his teammate, Victor Figueroa.

Figueroa, also a midfielder for Newell’s Old Boys, was revealed to have been a target for the Union by his agent today.

Cativa (representante de Figueroa) : ” El Philadelphia Union también vino a buscar a Víctor “

It appears that the Union tried to acquire Figueroa during a period in which the 30-year-old was negotiating a new contract with his parent club. In the end, Figueroa re-upped his deal through the summer of 2016 with improved terms.

Since joining Newell’s Old Boys in 2011, Figueroa has played in 64 league games, scoring eight times. Figueroa stands at 5’6″, reminiscent of current Union player Roger Torres, who may be on his way out of Philadelphia.

Carlos Valdes Transfer Saga: San Lorenzo New Frontrunner

Yet another transfer saga for the Philadelphia Union has appeared to finally near an end, as Carlos Valdes’ destination in 2014 – and possibly beyond – became clearer Wednesday night.

Argentine team San Lorenzo, which won the 2013 Primera Division, has jumped out to become the front runner for Valdes’ services. If the club of Pope Francis can handle the Union’s asking price in a single payment, Valdes will be a San Lorenzo player.

San Lorenzo’s president acknowledged that Valdes was a transfer target in an interview published this morning in Argentina by Clarin.com.

“They offered the Colombian Carlos Valdez and we are interested in that is a footballer Pekerman selection and will play the World Cup,” said the president.

The former Union captain has declared, through his agent, his desire to not return to Philadelphia until at least after the World Cup in the summer, if ever, and has been linked to various clubs throughout South America.  His agent had the following to say:

“Carlos is interested in Argentina because it is a excellent bridge before the World Cup, also Brazil, which is a very good scenario, but there is a great choice of Colombia.”

Valdes’ agent has made his rounds at Colombian media outlets to drum up interest in his client, and in doing so effectively killed off the idea of the centerback returning to Philadelphia.

His agent has also accused the “delayed” actions of the Union on a transfer as the reason for Moreila, of Mexico, pulling out of talks, although Millonarios, of Colombia, were still competing for Valdes’ signature as of this morning.

Santa Fe, where Valdes spent 2013 on loan, has moved on from including the Colombian international in its plans for 2014, after failing to activate their purchase option because of an inability to make a single payment for his transfer fee.

The Union exercised their contract option on Valdes for 2014, leaving them with only one year of control over his rights before he could leave on a free transfer or sign during the summer on a pre-contract with a foreign club.

Retracted (See Link Below): Fabinho Reportedly On His Way Out Of Philadelphia

RETRACTED: Read here.

Another Philadelphia Union player will leave the team in the coming days, per reports out of Brazil.

Fabio Alves Macdeo, more commonly known simply as Fabinho, is expected by a few news sources in Brazil to depart from the Union soon. The left back will join up with Parana Clube, of Brazil’s Serie B (the second division).

Terms of the transfer were not discussed, but Fabinho most likely would move on a free transfer.

The former under-20 Brazilian national teamer was acquired by the Union in late June after undergoing a successful trial period with Philadelphia. He had been available as a free transfer after his mutual release from Sydney FC of Australia’s A-League.

Initially utilized as a left back, Fabinho was eventually moved into a more forward role with the Union, transforming from a disappointing left back into a sometimes solid left midfielder.

With the loss of Fabinho also comes the removal of any left back depth on the Union. Former second rounder Don Anding was waived in December of 2013 and Raymon Gaddis has remained as the only player on Philadelphia with any notable left back experience.

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