La Liga News with a Concacaf twist.
Ever since January 2012, when it was revealed that Guardado was one of 4 players in the Deportivo La Coruña squad free once their contracts expired in June, Guardado made a commitment to Deportivo to focus and help with Deportivo’s promotion to La Liga.
Deportivo is now 13 points ahead of the third place team with 8 matches left to play and, barring a catastrophe, Deportivo is likely to re-enter La Liga. Attention is now focusing on Guardado’s future team.
Valencia had been mentioned as far back as February as Guardado’s future home. At that time, there were persistent rumors that Valencia had indeed come to terms with a contract taking effect in June, rumors that neither party confirmed or denied. With Valencia almost assured of a European League slot (Champions or Europa) and Deportivo almost assured of promotion, the persistent rumors have resurfaced.
If the rumors come to fruition it will be interesting to see how Guardado will fit with Valencia since the coach that asked for him, Unai Emery, may no longer be at Valencia when Guardado joins them.
Diego Reyes, Club De América’s 19 year old central midfielder is now being tied to several European teams. Among the teams being mentioned are Manchester United in the Premiership, Atlético de Madrid and Espanyol in La Liga, Vitesse and PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie. Initial focus had been placed on Atlético de Madrid since Atlético and América both belong to “A team for the World”.
But, Manchester United’s name came to the forefront when it was revealed that Luis Fernando Tena, Coach for the Olympic 2012 squad, and José Manuel de la Torre, Coach for the Mexican National Team, visited Manchester United’s training facility to determine Javier Hernandez’ form and Sir Alex Ferguson let on that he was keeping an eye on two Mexican players.
Tena and De la Torre refused to name the players but the press quickly reasoned that the players were Alan Pulido and Diego Reyes. Tena and De la Torre did not confirm or deny the press’ conclusions.
If the reports of Ferguson’s interest are true, he may try to sign either Pulido or Reyes prior to the Olympics, in the same way he signed Hernandez prior to the World Cup.
Giovani Dos Santos is also rumored to have been contacted by Espanyol for the upcoming June transfer window. During the January transfer window, Villareal had reached an agreement with Giovani, but Villarreal and Tottenham could not agree on the transfer fee.
Giovani is anxious to return to Spain where he experienced some success with Racing Santander, scoring 5 goals in 9 appearances.
Giovani has had few minutes with Tottenham, appearing in only 6 matches as a substitute with no goals scored. Giovani’s transfer is contingent on Espanyol qualifying for one of the European tournaments (Champions League or Europa League) with Espanyol using the added revenue to fund the transfer.
Additionally, Mauricio Pochettino, the Espanyol Coach, believes that he will have to reinforce the team to make a successful run in either of the European Tournaments. Espanyol sits in 10th place, 4 points behind 5th place Levante in the battle for a Europa League slot, and 7 points behind 4th place Málaga for a Champions League slot.
If Giovani did sign with Espanyol, he would join 2 other Mexicans in the organization. Hector Moreno plays on the first team and Taufic Guarch plays on Espanyol’s B team.