The next step in forward Erick Torres' transfer saga emerged on Thursday, as his original club Chivas de Guadalajara sent out a press release saying the 21-year-old's contract was bought by MLS. However, the player would also spend the first six months of 2015 on loan at Chivas before joining his not-yet-announced MLS team.
This is probably right, but it's worth noting that MLS has not released any information corroborating Chivas' release. They could still be ironing out details, but don't be surprised if Chivas jumped the gun a bit on this. It wouldn't be the first time the team's brain trust did something boneheaded.
What's also strange, at least without any quotes from Cubo as far as his input on this arrangement, is the provision for him to go back to Chivas for the 2015 Clausura. Of course, if the player decided he wanted to go back and wants to try and do the club that gave him his first break as a pro a solid by trying to help them avoid relegation, ok, fair enough.
But from MLS' perspective, why on earth would they want this? Not only could there be some drag out baloney at the end of the season, potentially, but there's a chance he could suffer a major injury while on loan. Does the MLS team that will be eagerly awaiting his arrival, midseason no less, really want to sweat out the chance their huge investment will blow his knee out in a Copa MX group stage game or something?
Maybe Chivas leveraged this loan in exchange for something else, like a lower transfer fee or a smaller portion of the sell-on fee? Maybe this was a way to pay back Chivas for not raising a fit when MLS exercised his loan option this past June (despite those being the stated terms of the loan)?
Of course, all of this is conjecture on my part. Who knows about this situation, other than it's absolutely no shock that such a weird arrangement would happen with Chivas involved. And I should note that in contrast to other situations where players are sold but remain on loan with the selling club, Chivas sent him away for the last year and a half, after practically giving up on him. So to loan a player out, sell him, but then bring him back on loan is pretty weird.
Again, if Cubo wanted it this way, then that's different, but otherwise, this is bizarre, I'm not going to lie.
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