Even if Cruz Azul are still in competition, as they will play in the quarterfinals of Liguilla against Tigres after they finished Clausura 2022 standing eighth and were able to beat Club Necaxa in Repechaje, they are already looking for additions for next season.
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There’s still uncertainty about the future of La Máquina’s dugout, as is still unknown if Juan Reynoso will remain as their coach for Apertura 2022 or if they will look for a new coach, although a few names have already been linked to Cruz Azul in recent days, including Hugo Sánchez.
But regardless of who is the coach of Los Cementeros for the next season, it’s true that they need to improve the roster, especially on the offense, as they only have two forwards after the early departure of Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodríguez at the start of the season, followed by the one of Brayan Angulo.
For now, La Máquina has Iván Morales, who arrived this season but hasn’t fully adapted to Mexican soccer, as he only scored one goal, and Santiago Giménez, who scored three goals and one assistance even if Reynosodoesn’t fully trust him.
La Máquina are after Juan Dinenno
One of the players that Cruz Azul has targeted to be their next addition is the Pumas striker Juan Ignacio Dinenno, as they believe he can be the perfect replacement for “Cabecita” Rodríguez and solve their scoring problems.
Although Dinenno couldn’t contribute much for Pumas in Clausura 2022, he was the golden boot in the CONCACAF Champions League, as he scored nine goals in eight games, and although reports suggest that Dinenno is willing to leave Pumas for the right offer, he has some conditions for that to happen.
The 27-year-old striker would expect to become the starting forward in Cruz Azul, something that seems possible as neither Giménez nor Morales can compete with his good scoring streak. Added to that, he’d also is looking to have a higher salary than the one he currently earns in Pumas.
Will he arrive at La Máquina?
Juan Dinenno currently is on the last months of his contract, which expires in December, which makes this the perfect opportunity for Pumas to sell him if they want to recover their investment. According to Transfermarkt, La Máquina will have to pay $5 million for his transfer if they were to acquire him.