Numerous European club talent hunters have traveled to Mexico to investigate footballers there, especially to closely follow the evolution of players like Cruz Azul's Orbelin Pineda. The former Chivas player is regularly called up by Tata Martino for the Mexican national team. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has his hours counted at La Maquina Cementera.
In one of the previous transfer windows, the Mexican player declined an offer from Manchester City. The English team offered more than 10 million euros to hire him, but Orbelín did not feel qualified to make the great leap to Europe and, furthermore, because he had just arrived at Cruz Azul. But now the story seems to be different.
Many English teams are interested in the Mexican. West Ham United, Southampton, Newcastle and, as it became known days ago, Mikel Arteta is obsessed with him to reinforce Arsenal in the next transfer window. Now a new competitor has appeared, Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspurs, which is willing to pay more than 15 million euros for him.
Orbelín Pineda arrived at Cruz Azul in January 2019 from Chivas in exchange for 10.5 million euros and since then he hasn't stopped attracting the attention of European soccer clubs. This season has become one of the most important players of Robert Siboldi's team.