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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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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.