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Kessler Reports Podcast & Interview with Ricardo Ansaldi

This post introduces the first ever Kessler Reports podcast. It’s co-hosted by CJ, and the guest this week was John Rossi, of BrotherlyGame.com.

We discussed the Philadelphia Union, but focused much of the conversation on an interview that John and I had with former Union staffer Ricardo Ansaldi. The Argentine gave plenty of information on Carlos Valdes’ previous loan saga(s), the Pablo Perez transfer failure and other tidbits.

Also included is some audio from my exclusive interview with Union head coach Jim Curtin, along with general talk about the Union’s preseason and upcoming year.

John will have a fully transcribed version of the interview on Brotherly Game later today.

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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.

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)

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.

Carlos Valdes Countdown: New Year Passes Without New News*

*Read on for an explanation of why that’s not technically true.

The New Year came and went without any development in the Carlos Valdes transfer saga. The lack of movement on a loan or permanent transfer out of MLS means that the former Philadelphia Union captain has officially returned to the club’s roster.

Hold onto those happy thoughts, Union fans.

Valdes’ time with the Union most likely ended upon his initial loan to Santa Fe, despite that temporary transfer’s completion when the clock struck midnight on 2013.

Head coach John Hackworth has even publicly admitted that the Union won’t ever see Valdes play again for the team, leaving little to read between the lines on the matter in November:

“The reality is this is a good situation for Carlos right now,” Hackworth told MLSsoccer.com. “He needs to continue to be in that situation going into the World Cup because we’re in a good marketplace for him right now. I would think at some point he’s either going to get bought or we’re going to extend that loan through the World Cup.”

Valdes’ agent confirmed as much in a recent interview that clearly showed off the players’ wishes for 2014:

“If you ask me, ‘Is the player going to play in MLS?’ I can tell you with 101 percent certainty that in the first half of 2014, Valdes will not play in MLS,” Valdes’ agent, Ricardo Pachón, told FutbolMLS.com.

The center back’s push to be a part of Colombia’s World Cup squad in Brazil has led him to follow Jose Pekerman’s, the manager of the country’s international team, directive to seek playing time back home.

The best case scenario for both sides is a six month loan with an option to buy for a team, unless the Union want to bank on Valdes not only successfully making the 23-man roster, but also impressing in Brazil.

Philadelphia holds the second and sixth picks overall in the first round of this year’s MLS SuperDraft, which is laden with center back talent.

Carlos Valdes Countdown: Seven Days ‘Till Loan’s End

Here’s the latest update: nothing. There has been no new news on the Carlos Valdes front in the past couple of days.

The center back is still due to end his loan with Santa Fe on December 31, which would mean that he’d return to the Philadelphia Union prior to the 2014 preseason. The likelihood of Valdes actually playing for the Union at all in 2014, or beyond this upcoming year, remains low.

Valdes originally pushed for the move to Santa Fe in order to play in games leading up to Colombia’s World Cup Qualifiers in March, but now his spot on the country’s 23-man roster for Brazil this summer is in question.

To remain in contention for a role with Jose Pekerman’s team, Valdes has himself in a predicament: stay with a team that can’t afford him without paying in increments, which lessens the chance that the Union sell him to Santa Fe, or return to the Union, who won’t play again until March, only three months before the World Cup itself.

Expect Valdes’ time with the Union to have ended with the close of the 2012 regular season. Santa Fe and Valdes’ agent have claimed that the team will be where Valdes will play for at least the first half of 2014, which is where the player apparently wants to continue his career, unless a move materializes to Europe.

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