Even if Tigres were able to win 4-2 against Atlas FC in the second leg of the semifinals of Clausura 2022, it wasn’t enough for them to make in into the final, as the 3-0 victory of Atlas in the first leg gave the Rojinegros the ticket to their second final in two years.
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Los Felinos tried to beat Camilo Vargas, who was one of the best players of Los Zorros during the season, but two penalties called against Atlas made them break and for a while Tigres had the pass to the final, as they managed to score four goals without answer.
André-Pierre Gignac was the artificer of the result, as he scored a hat trick that could have meant the elimination of Atlas if it wasn’t for another penalty kick, this time against Tigres, in the aggregate time that Aldo Rocha scored and gave Los Zorros the victory.
Now, Atlas is waiting in the final and Tigres are planning on renewing the squad, as they know that they can’t miss to reach another final after having an outstanding season like they did in Clausura 2022, especially since they haven’t won Liga MX since 2019.
América is after one of their players
Club América know that the summer transfer window will be the perfect moment for acquiring one of the top strikers in Liga MX, as they’ve been following him closely for a few seasons now, but the high price that Tigres were asking for him prevented Las Águilas from signing him.
According to reports from RG La Deportiva, Nicolás “Diente” López is interested in leaving Tigres over the summer, as he knows he could be a starter in any other team, but the presence of Gignac and Florian Thauvin won’t allow him to do it in Tigres.
Las Águilas are looking to add a new striker for Apertura 2022 given that neither Henry Martín nor Federico Viñas have been able to contribute consistently, and “Diente” López looks to be the perfect acquisition to round out the roster.
What’s his market value?
According to Transfermarkt, the 28-year-old Uruguayan striker’s market value is set at $8 million, less than the asking price that Tigres had a couple seasons ago. But given that he has less than two years on his contract, América could negotiate a lower transfer fee.