A few years ago, Diego Lainez became one of the most promising Mexican players for the future, as the talent that he showed first with Club Necaxa and then in Club América earned him his first cap with El Tri when he was just 18 years old.
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His outstanding performances and the potential he showed also earned him the opportunity of playing in Europe at a young age, as La Liga side Real Betis acquired him during the winter transfer window of the 2018-19 season for $15 million.
Although he also had the chance of going to a league not as competitive as La Liga -AFC Ajas was also interested in him- he decided to arrive in the Spanish top flight, something that has slowed his development and paused his career.
In the current season, Lainez has played only seven games in La Liga, and even if he had offers to leave mid-season, Manuel Pellegrini convinced him to stay, saying that he’d have enough playing time in the second half of the season, something that hasn’t happened, which is why he’s looking to leave once the season is over.
Club América interested in signing him
Lainez is still young, he’s only 21, and having the potential he showed in his early years, it won’t be difficult for him to recover his level once he finds the regularity he needs. That’s why Club América is looking to acquire him for the 2022-23 season.
The 21-year-old right-winger is under contract with Betis until 2024, and they are not interested in selling him, but they could agree to a one-year loan to give him the chance of improving his shape and increase his market value, as Gerardo “Tata” Martino requested that he had more playing time if he wanted to be considered for Qatar 2022.
When Lainez returns to Europe, it will be easier for them to find a buyer, as he already has the Spanish citizenship. The only thing that the Béticos are asking to agree loaning him to his former team is for Club América to pay the entirety of his salary, as that would save them $2.5 million.
Can Las Águilas pay his salary?
Although it will be one of the highest salaries in Club América’s roster -even higher than the one that Fernando “Tano” Ortíz currently earns-, Las Águilas can afford paying him that salary, as they already pay Guillermo Ochoa $4.5 million per season.