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.