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Roberto Alvarado possible trade
Guadalajara and Cruz Azul have been negotiating a player exchange in the last few hours, in which Roberto Alvarado would join Chivas and Uriel Antuna and Alejandro Mayorga would join Cruz Azul.
According to ESPN, both clubs made progress in talks on Friday, although there is still no agreement on what could be one of the "surprises" of the winter transfer window.
The sources said that Antuna and Mayorga are two players who are part of the group of players that the Chivas´board has been seeking to negotiate with other teams since the end of November, while Alvarado is a player that Cruz Azul had no intention of selling.
The sources added that Alvarado has always been grateful and has even said in his close circle that he is happy at Cruz Azul and only sees himself playing in Europe or retiring at the club, which is why Cruz Azul´s board is analyzing making him a multi-year contract offer for 3 or 4 more years, in order to increase his salary and acknowledge his contribution to the club.
However, in recent hours Chivas sports director Ricardo Peláez, who in May 2018 brought 'Piojo' to La Máquina by buying him from Necaxa, has initiated an offensive to sign the national team player, in this case in exchange for Antuna and Mayorga.
These talks intensified on Thursday and Friday after negotiations between Guadalajara and América in the exchange of Uriel Antuna for Sebastián Córdova fell through.
ESPN confirmed on Thursday that while Cruz Azul has not made any money from the sale of any players in this winter market, the reality is that it has been freed from the high salaries of Walter Montoya, and Orbelín Pineda, players who have reached the end of their contracts and will be leaving the team, so Antuna's salary of just under $1 million per year would not be an obstacle for the Cementeros club.
In fact, Montoya, and Pineda will no longer make the trip to Cancún next Tuesday for Cruz Azul's preseason, nor will Alexis Peña, who will return to Chivas after completing his one-year loan with La Máquina, although the Peña issue has nothing to do with the negotiation of Alvarado in exchange for Antuna and Mayorga, which could be finalized in the next few days if all parties agree on the conditions.
Once Cruz Azul's board defined the departure of Walter Montoya, their efforts are focused on Yoshimar Yotún, who ends his contract at the end of the month, but could reach a final renewal agreement.
Until a few days ago, the Peruvian midfielder was closer to leaving the Celeste institution, however, his continuity was once again under discussion.
The Peruvian national team player has repeatedly expressed his desire to remain at La Noria, and even revealed that his family plays a very important role in his decision; however, his environment has not received a formal request from the club.
However, the outlook has changed with the return to action of La Máquina, as the recruitment of reinforcements looks extremely challenging, and therefore the board is holding talks with the player in order to extend his contract.
According to RECORD, Cruz Azul and Yoshimar Yotún's entourage expect to resolve the contractual situation in the next few days before the team travels to Cancún for the main part of the preseason.