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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.

Jeff Parke Traded For Ethan White, Union And DCU Swap Allocation Order Spots

In a trade reminiscent of the offloading of Shavar Thomas*, the Philadelphia Union sent Jeff Parke and the sixth overall allocation order spot to DC United for Ethan White and the first overall allocation order spot.

The first word of the trade came from ESPN’s Marc Connolly, and then followed up by the Washington Post’s Steven Goff (Soccer Insider). Official word may be delayed, as pointed out by The Goalkeeper’s Johnathan Tannenwald, due to a meeting of all Major League Soccer PR staff today.

The general consensus was that the Union had made off in the deal, having traded an aging veteran center back, albeit one of the bright spots in 2013 for Philadelphia, for a young center back with potential and conceivably a recent member of the United States Men’s National Team.

Maurice Edu is expected to be the next player affiliated with the USMNT to either return to or come to MLS. The latest player was Michael Parkhurst, who followed Michael Bradley, and previously Clint Dempsey, to MLS.

The addition of Edu would signal an end to Brian Carroll’s time with the Union and an extension of the curse of the Philadelphia captain’s armband. As reported by Kessler Reports earlier this month, Carroll may have been put on the trade block prior to these events being set in motion.

*In the Shavar Thomas trade, the Union acquired two second round SuperDraft selections that later became Carroll, in a trade, and Raymon Gaddis.

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)

Source: Union Close To Signing Cristian Maidana

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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.

Retracted (See Link Below): Fabinho Reportedly On His Way Out Of Philadelphia

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Another Philadelphia Union player will leave the team in the coming days, per reports out of Brazil.

Fabio Alves Macdeo, more commonly known simply as Fabinho, is expected by a few news sources in Brazil to depart from the Union soon. The left back will join up with Parana Clube, of Brazil’s Serie B (the second division).

Terms of the transfer were not discussed, but Fabinho most likely would move on a free transfer.

The former under-20 Brazilian national teamer was acquired by the Union in late June after undergoing a successful trial period with Philadelphia. He had been available as a free transfer after his mutual release from Sydney FC of Australia’s A-League.

Initially utilized as a left back, Fabinho was eventually moved into a more forward role with the Union, transforming from a disappointing left back into a sometimes solid left midfielder.

With the loss of Fabinho also comes the removal of any left back depth on the Union. Former second rounder Don Anding was waived in December of 2013 and Raymon Gaddis has remained as the only player on Philadelphia with any notable left back experience.

Union Pondering Putting Brian Carroll On The Trade Block

Oh Captain, my captain – gone again?

A member of the Union’s technical staff, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, revealed to Kessler Reports that the club was debating placing Carroll on the trade block.

Trading Carroll would mean a fifth captain in five years for the Union: Danny Califf in 2010, Faryd Mondragon (left as a free agent) in 2011, Califf in 2012 (traded), Carlos Valdes in 2012 (left on loan at beginning of 2013) and then Caroll in 2013.

If a trade were to happen, the Union would be willing to part with Carroll for an offer that involved some allocation money and a draft pick, according to a separate source that talked to Kessler Reports. Philadelphia would eat part of Carroll’s salary to facilitate such a deal and would most likely package what it received in the trade with other SuperDraft picks to either move up in the 2014 draft or to acquire a veteran MLS player.

Carroll’s salary in 2013 was $176,400, placing him among the upper echelon of salaries on the Union. Despite his status as a fixture in Philadelphia’s starting lineup, Carroll’s contract and age, plus the depth at his specialization (Gilberto Souza, Amobi Okugo), put him in a position to be traded by the Union.

The rest of the midfield will be a toss up in  2014 after the sale of Michael Farfan, to Mexico’s Cruz Azul, Kleberson’s loan ending and the expected departure of Roger Torres. Of the remaining midfielders on the team, only Danny Cruz and Keon Daniel have starting experience in MLS, other than the returning Zach Pfeffer.

The 32-year-old joined the Union in Novemeber of 2010 after a long career with DC United and the Columbus Crew. Carroll won two MLS Championships and multiple Supporters Shields prior to Philadelphia’s acquisition of his rights for allocation money and a second round SuperDraft selection.

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)