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Report: LAFC target Andres Guardado to be transferred to Real Betis

Seems like that’s one name to cross off LAFC’s list.

Mexico v Russia: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
Guardado: Appears set to stay in green.
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The latest on the transfer rumors surrounding Mexican star Andres Guardado is that the player is expected to be transferred from current club PSV Eindhoven to Spanish side Real Betis, according to reports in the Spanish language press, including local outlet Hoy.

Guardado was linked to 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club as recently as last month, with ESPN’s John Sutcliffe reporting a four-year deal between LAFC and Guardado was all but wrapped up. Obviously, if he ends up moving to Seville instead, then that report was wrong.

Something that always complicated matters, beyond agreeing to terms with the player (which in itself isn’t really an easy matter) was the fact that Guardado was still under contract, so he would command either a transfer fee to PSV or the unlikely but not impossible scenario of his current contract being canceled. MLS teams do pay transfer fees, but when money is at a premium teams always prefer signing players out of contract to those under contract.

Also, this is currently a report. No indication from either PSV or Real Betis that a Guardado transfer is official, so there’s a chance this “done deal” isn’t completely done either. But if it is, LAFC will have to cross Guardado off their list for 2018 and move onto the next Designated Player candidate.

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