A new transfer rumor involving Los Angeles Football Club emerged on Friday, with Mexican-based writer Eric Gomez reporting LAFC had joined the MLS pack in pursuing Club América forward Darwin Quintero:
Darwin Quintero being shopped around to @MLS, per sources.— Eric Gomez (@EricGomez86) February 9, 2018
Toronto had been in negotiations for him in late January, during the failed Altidore talks. Others mentioned are LAFC and Vancouver.
Quintero, 30, has been a star in Liga MX for years, playing for América since 2014 (winning two CONCACAF Champions League titles there) and from 2009-14 for Santos Laguna (winning a league title and Copa MX title). The Colombian has been linked to various MLS teams for roughly two years, and earlier this week, new reports linked him to Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps, as Gomez referenced.
However, LAFC head coach Bob Bradley was asked about the report on Friday following the team’s 1-1 preseason friendly draw against New York City FC, and his answer more or less poured cold water on a possible signing.
“Our focus right now is on some midfielders, so I’ve read also the reports about Darwin Quintero, but in the moment that’s not a player that is on our priority list,” Bradley told assembled reporters.
As always, there’s perhaps a tiny bit of wiggle room in that response that LAFC could go after Quintero at some point, but for my money, this is about as unequivocal as Bradley gets in revealing transfer targets. They want midfielders, and Quintero is not a midfielder, so don’t count on this happening.
We’ll keep you posted on more information on this or any other LAFC transfer rumors as they emerge.
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