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What seemed very unlikely a few weeks ago due to the lack of progress in the negotiations, is now seen as possible by Cruz Azul: renewing the contracts of Juan Escobar and Guillermo Fernández.
According to ESPN, the Celeste club is confident of reaching an agreement with both the Paraguayan defender and the Argentine midfielder, whose contracts with La Máquina expire on June 30, and the coaching staff and board of directors wish to extend the relationship with both players, but not at any cost.
Cruz Azul refuses to commit the mistakes of the club's past administrations
This means that while there may be a financial improvement in the new contracts of Escobar and Fernandez, both of which are multi-year contracts, Cruz Azul will not pay excessive amounts as did the club's previous management.
'Pol' Fernández was not so sure about renewing in December, when he saw that many important players were leaving the team, but once he saw the quality of the reinforcements that arrived, the internal competition and the fact that Cruz Azul can once again be a competitive team, he realized that renewing his contract is not a "bad idea," a source told ESPN.
The board is working not only on contract extensions for these two key players in coach Juan Reynoso's system, but also on the signing of a Paraguayan central defender, either Alexis Duarte or Roberto Fernández, and a striker to replace Uruguayan Jonathan Rodríguez, in which case the first option is Argentinean Cristian Pavón, from Boca Juniors.
Christian Pavón remains on Cruz Azul's agenda
In fact, a Boca source confirmed to ESPN Argentina's Emiliano Raddi that 'Pol' Fernández will not be joining the xeneize club this winter market, despite the fact that the Argentine club's board received a proposal from Cruz Azul a few days ago to send the 30-year-old midfielder plus a certain amount of money in exchange for 25-year-old forward Cristian Pavón, considering that both players are in the last six months of their contracts and could leave as free players starting on July 1, without La Máquina or Boca receiving anything in exchange.
Given this scenario, it now seems feasible that Fernández will renew his contract (although there is a possibility that he will play his last semester with the team and leave on a free contract) and also that Pavón will arrive this winter in exchange for Cruz Azul's payment to Boca to avoid losing one of its most important assets.