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Report: Union Tentatively Agree To Loan Valdes For Six Months To San Lorezno

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.

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Guest Post: @blogdeMLS Profiles Cristian Maidana

A huge thank you to Brown Lugo (@Philly_brown10), who translated Facundo Trotta’s (@blogdeMLS) writing. Plus a major thank you to Trotta, who wrote this guest post:

Cristian “Chaco” Maidana is an Argentinean midfielder who is 26 years old. We will look over his career and explore his strengths and weaknesses as a player:

Brought up in the lower teams of Banfield , he had his debut in the Primera of the Apertura tournament of 2006. He quickly gained recognition for his technique and his aggressive play. As happens with a lot of young Argentines after a good showing, he got the attention of various European clubs.

Spartak Moscow would sign him in 2008.

His stop in the Russian league was largely affected by adaptation problems, and as a result, the team sent him on loans twice. He first went on loan with Recreavitio de Huelva, of Spain, in 2009, where he played very little and ended up losing his strength. Maidana returned to Moscow and ended up series of injuries which didn’t help him, leading to him being sent on loan again in 2011.

With Huracán, in Argentina, he again showed poorly and had discipline problems, which made the coach separate him from the team. The season ended in the worst way, with the team descending to Nacional B.

Maidana was freed from his contract in Russia, and in 2011 he signed for Rangers de Talca, in the second division of Chile. He went back to his level of play from his earlier years and helped his team go up to the Primera . His level of play was so high that Atlante, from Mexico, decided to buy his rights.

In Mexico, he played for a weak Atlante that had to fight to stay in the top league. Maidana’s playing time was irregular and he participated in two tournaments and had only three goals in 2013, leading to him looking for a new club.

That club was Argentinos Juniors, which had a coach who preferred strong players or technically gifted ones. However, he was in the similar position as in Mexico, with just five games played, pushing him to once again seek a new team.

He can play like an offensive midfielder, is a good passer and has great individual style. If he can adapt to the language and the North American lifestyle (which the writer says he debuts) and without the worries of going into a lower division, then maybe he can play better than he has in the past couple of years.

Official: Union Sign Argentine Midfielder Cristian “Chaco” Maidana

The Philadelphia Union captured their second signing of the offseason, as Cristian Maidana was officially acquired by the club today.

Maidana, 26, will be able to join up with the Union once his P-1 Visa is received. Philadelphia already possesses his International Transfer Certificate.

Though terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Union or MLS because of long standing policies, Kessler Reports has learned that Maidana signed for two years with an option for a third season.

The source could not reveal the salary terms prior to the publishing of this article. Philadelphia stated in the team’s press release that Maidana would be a Designated Player.

The midfielder last played for Argentinos Juniors before his contract with the club ran out this month. He has also played previously for Spartak Moscow, Atlante, Rangers (Chile) and Recreativo (Spain).

Kessler Reports will have a profile of Maidana up tonight.

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.”

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: 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

By Amarhgil, Wikipedia
By Amarhgil, Wikipedia

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.

Report: Pablo Perez Reaches Agreement With Malaga, Awaiting Newell’s Old Boys Okay

The Philadelphia Union have all, but missed out on Pablo Perez based upon a new report out of Argentina.

According to an article by Ahora Deportes, Perez met with officials from Malaga C.F. in Spain and the two sides came to an agreement concerning personal terms.

There were only “small details” preventing the conclusion of the transfer.

Newell’s Old Boys is the last hurdle for Malaga, who previously had been unable to meet the transfer demands of the Rosario based club. Malaga had wanted to sign Perez on a loan with purchase option, but Old Boys has stated its intention to sell Perez outright.

Malaga pounced on Perez’s wish to play in Europe after fellow Argentine transfer target Jose Sosa was pulled in by rival La Liga team Atletico Madrid. 

The Newell’s midfielder had been leaning toward signing with with the Andalusian club despite the Union lodging a larger transfer bid than Malaga.

(h/t to @UnionRumors)