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.
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.
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)
Word out of Argentina has put the Philadelphia Union ahead of other teams seeking the signature of Pablo Perez, if not for the player not wanting to move to them.
According to Federico Ludmer, who initially broke the story of Philadelphia’s targeting of Perez, the Union were once again rebuffed when trying to acquire them.
The Union reportedly tabled a big large enough to win over Newell’s Old Boys, but Perez, by all accounts thus far, has no intention of moving to Philadelphia nor the other MLS team that previously went in for as well . The bid was more than that of Malaga, who play in Spain’s La Liga.
Malaga is much more enticing to Perez, but the team offered less money than the Union. Newell’s opinion on the bid was not discussed by Ludmer.
The news came on the heels of the Union allegedly failing to bring in Perez on a loan for the same exact reason.
Perez is considered a playmaking midfielder and is listed by Transfermarkt as a right sided player. He has appeared in 72 regular season games for Old Boys since returning to the club in 2009.
Quiet in, loud out.
A simple phrase that would aptly describe the Philadelphia Union’s odd and confusing approach to the current offseason. Only a couple of months removed from what was nearly a playoff year, the Union have chosen to remain silent on acquisitions, while most likely shedding seven players from their roster.
Corben Bone has so far remained the solitary addition to the Union, but reports out of Argentina cite an attempt by Philadelphia to replace some of what it has lost in December.
Multiple Argentine sources on Twitter stated today that Pablo Perez, a midfielder with Newell’s Old Boys, was a recent transfer target of the Union.
The Union were said to have discussed a loan with Newell’s for Perez, but they were rebuffed by Perez himself. Ahora Deportes said that Perez did not see Major League Soccer as an enticing opportunity.
Perez played 27 times for Newell’s in 2013, netting five goals and assisting on three more in 2,173 minutes. Transfermarkt, on which Perez is worth over $1.3 million, listed the 28-year-old primarily as right midfielder, but also have him as a possible central or attacking midfielder.