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Peru’s World Cup ended on June 26, which means a very busy summer could be on the horizon for many of the players.
The World Cup is the perfect opportunity for players to announce themselves to potential suitors. It’s seen as a risky business strategy considering the different variables at play in an international tournament, but that doesn’t stop clubs from completing transfers.
Keep it here for every transfer rumour, and analysis on each report, involving Peruvian internationals.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Just when it looked like Paolo Hurtado was closing in on a move with the Seattle Sounders, Turkish Super Lig club Konyaspor made an 11th-hour bid.
According to Portuguese outlets O Jogo and Record, Konyaspor and Vitoria de Guimaraes have reached an agreement for Hurtado involving a transfer fee of €1 million.
Hurtado is now on his way to Turkey to conduct the medical and sign the contract. Record claims that Konyaspor made a more enticing offer to Vitoria compared to Seattle, which got the deal over the line.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
Miguel Araujo is heading to Argentinean club Talleres, according to multiple reports.
Miguel Araujo será nuevo jugador de Talleres de Córdoba. https://t.co/3rPPTZvjF1
— RPP Noticias (@RPPNoticias) August 3, 2018
Miguel Araujo jugará en la Superliga Argentina https://t.co/WuprD56Gzw
— GOLPERU (@GOLPERUoficial) August 3, 2018
Araujo has already said goodbye to his teammates at Alianza Lima as he will be heading for Córdoba to begin a new adventure.
Teams in MLS, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Portugal were all tracking Araujo over the past year. Veracruz were reportedly looking at signing the Peruvian centre-back as a replacement for Christian Ramos, who departed for Al-Nassr.
Talleres have three few centre-backs on the books, but Javier Gandolfi is now 37 years old and the club needed a younger reinforcement. Araujo will likely compete for a place with Carlos Quintana and Juan Cruz Komar this season.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Aalborg did not receive an offer from Saudi Arabia for Edison Flores. His agent was also searching for another move outside of the AFC region, specifically Liga MX and MLS if no European suitors came calling.
There might be a breakthrough on the latter front. According to the Mexican press, Tigres is looking at Flores as a possible addition. Argentinean winger Hernán Toledo is the other name mentioned.
Hay dos nombres vinculados a Tigres: Edison Flores (Perú) y Hernán Toledo (Argentina), ambos comparten un perfil de jugador similar. Son extremos, jóvenes, ninguno es una "bomba" y ambos juegan por izquierda. Escribí sobre ellos: https://t.co/EVNPq7aAGC
— Eduardo (@edutorresr) August 2, 2018
Jurgen Damm, Lucas Zelarayán and Javier Aquino are all regulars on the flanks, although Damm is coming off a somewhat mediocre Clausura, and Zelarayán prefers a more central role.
Tigres’ quad itself lacks out-and-out wingers. Flores would definitely fill that void.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Paolo Hurtado is inching closer and closer to the Seattle Sounders.
According to Sounder at Heart, Hurtado and his agent are in Seattle to finalize a deal from Vitoria de Guimaraes. Portuguese media have the fee listed at around $1.75 million, while the Peruvian will likely earn a sizeable wage increase.
Hurtado, 28, had 35 goals in 74 matches in all competitions for Vitoria across three seasons. He quickly established himself as a key player, which led to a permanent transfer last summer from Reading. Hurtado was previously on loan at the club before that deal was made 12 months ago.
Now Hurtado will be joining his countryman, Raúl Ruidíaz, who will both embark on a new adventure in the United States.
TUESDAY, JULY 31
Less than 24 hours after the Saudi Arabian media claimed Edison Flores was on his way to Al-Ahli, Peruvian outlet Libero has downplayed those reports.
According to the newspaper, Flores prefers a move to MLS or Liga MX if he cannot stay in Europe. His agent, Carlos Gonzales, is searching for a “better” move than Al-Ahli.
Depor also picked up quotes from Danish outlet Tipsbladet, who contacted Aalborg sporting director Allan Gaarde. He denied that there is an offer from a Saudi club.
“I do not know anything about it and there has not been a concrete offer from a club in Saudi Arabia for Edison Flores,” said Gaarde. “So I will be very surprised if he registers at another club.”
Flores’s agency also backed that up, saying offers “are being analyzed together with Aalborg, but today there is no agreement closed with another club.”
MONDAY, JULY 30
It seems like there will be a third Peruvian in Saudi Arabia.
According to Saudi outlet Sport-Ekh (via Libero), a deal between Aalborg and Al-Ahli will be complete within a matter of days for Edison Flores, who will swap Europe for the Middle East.
Flores is coming off a rather disappointing World Cup, and finished the season in Denmark in poor form. Those factors, coupled with the rampant investment across Saudi Arabia, has led to this potential transfer.
There was interest from Spain, Italy, MLS and Mexico as well but it’s unlikely that those clubs would be able to offer the same wages as Al-Ahli.
For a 24-year-old who only just moved to Europe 18 months ago, it is disappointing to see him moving out the continent so quickly. However, Flores didn’t rise to the occasion in 2018, so he’ll have to perform in Saudi Arabia to catch the attention of future European suitors.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
Finally, after weeks of uncertainty, Luis Advíncula has found a club.
According to Ovación, Advíncula is travelling to Madrid to complete a loan move to newly promoted Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Advíncula figures to be a key player with Rayo and, pending a medical, will be unveiled shortly.
The right-back would be the first Peruvian to join a top-five European league since the World Cup.
The Peruvian winger is back in Denmark as he seeks to negotiate a move away from Aalborg. There is already reported interest from La Liga and Serie A, with Alavés reportedly keen on signing Edison Flores.
However, according to Libero, Flores has drawn a litany of intrigued clubs from around the globe. On top of the Spanish and Italian interest, teams from Saudi Arabia (Al-Hilal, Al-Ahli), Liga MX and MLS are all mentioned as possible destinations by the Peruvian newspaper.
Al-Hilal, of course, just acquired André Carrillo on loan, and it’s possible that they may bring in one of his countrymen to bolster their attack even further. With only two years left on his contract and with Aalborg reportedly asking for just €3 million, surely someone will take a chance on the 24-year-old.
THURSDAY, JULY 26
With Edison Flores’s future yet to be decided, he is almost certainly leaving Aalborg this summer.
Flores confirmed to Movistar Deportes that he has offers from La Liga, but now there might be interest from Italy.
According to Calciomercato, Flores has caught some interest in Serie A. Clubs may be willing to take a risk given he only has two years left on his deal in Denmark and can be acquired for a low transfer fee (€3 million).
Empoli, Frosinone, Udinese and Sampdoria are all mentioned as potential landing spots. The only obstacle is Flores’s non-EU status. Italian clubs only have two non-EU spots, so they have to be careful.
It’s fitting that Italian teams are reportedly keen on Flores. As early as 2012, Palermo was tracking the Peruvian before he joined Villarreal. Even while he played for the “B” team, Serie A clubs were still monitoring the winger.
With La Liga and Serie A starting up next month, Flores needs to join a new team as soon as possible, or else it could be a lost season for him.
TUESDAY, JULY 24
Is Raúl Ruidíaz about to reunite with one of his Peruvian teammates?
According to Calciomercato (via A Bola in Portugal), the Seattle Sounders are closing in on the signing of Paolo Hurtado from Vitoria de Guimaraes for around €1.5 million ($1.75 million).
Hurtado, whose deal with Vitoria runs until 2021, joined the club last summer for around €500,000 from Reading, so the Portuguese club would make a profit on the sale. The Peruvian also had “tensions” with some of the supporters as well, per A Bola.
Vitoria hasn’t received any other bids for Hurtado, and at 27 years old, this might be the last chance for the team to profit.
The Sounders admitted to wanting another attacker after Ruidíaz joined, and it seems like Seattle will have some Peruvian flair for the remainder of the 2018 campaign.
SATURDAY, JULY 21
In the spring, Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund were reportedly tracking Cristian Benavente. There has been very little speculation over his future ever since.
According to Marca, Espanyol views Benavente as an ideal option for their attack. Alavés, Getafe and Leganés are also intrigued but the Catalan club are said to have the edge for Benavente.
Espanyol will try to sign the Peruvian international and if that fails, they will turn to Huesca’s Gonzalo Melero.
Benavente is still in pre-season training with Royal Charleroi, where he’ll remain unless a deal is struck.
FRIDAY, JULY 20
Another day, another Peruvian moving to Saudi Arabia.
Al-Nassr confirmed the signing of Peruvian centre-back Christian Ramos on a four-year contract from Veracruz on Friday night.
— نادي النصر السعودي (@AlNassrFC) July 21, 2018
Ramos was not in the matchday squad for Veracruz in their 2018 Apertura opener versus Pumas, which all but confirmed that he was on his way to Al-Nassr.
It’s been rather quiet on the transfer front for Pedro Gallese. Veracruz begins its 2018 Apertura on Friday night, Gallese has been training and it seemed like he’d begin the season with Los Tiburones Rojos.
However, according to the Turkish press (via Libero), Pedro Gallese is now a target for Besiktas, who are very close to selling their current No. 1 goalkeeper, Fabri.
Former Besiktas goalkeeper Oscar Córdoba allegedly recommended the Peruvian No. 1 to the club, who are now pondering a move.
Gallese was not in the Veracruz XI, which might indicate an upcoming transfer. Christian Ramos, who is nearing a deal with Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, wasn’t in the lineup, either.
No Pedro Gallese, Christian Ramos or Wilder Cartagena in the Veracruz XI vs. Pumas.
Gallese (Besiktas) & Ramos (Al-Nassr) could be on the move soon. pic.twitter.com/BPAXVp1LxN
— The Peruvian Waltz (@PeruWaltz) July 20, 2018
THURSDAY, JULY 19
André Carrillo may not be the only Peruvian international to move to Saudi Arabia this summer.
According to Saudi-based media, which was picked up by Libero, Al-Nassar and Veracruz are in advanced negotiations for defender Christian Ramos. Ramos’s wages is the final hurdle.
At 29 years of age, Ramos has one final chance at a big payday, which he’d surely receive if he joined Al-Nassr. However, one has to wonder about his national team status with Miguel Araujo ready to displace him.
TUESDAY, JULY 17
Even though he’s only been with Puebla for six months, Anderson Santamaría was reportedly drawing interest from clubs abroad after Peru was eliminated from the World Cup.
Puebla’s sporting director, Angel Sosa, has even admitted that there is possibility he’ll leave.
In an interview with El Bocón, Sosa said that the team would obviously prefer to keep Santamaría, but his future is ultimately his own to decide.
“We want to have Anderson’s services,” said Sosa. “But we are always open to anything that is in favour of the player and the club.”
It’s not exactly set in stone that he’s leaving but it’s intriguing that even the club’s sporting director would be open to offers from elsewhere.
MONDAY, JULY 16
The Saudi Professional League has confirmed that there is a loan agreement between Al-Hilal and Benfica for André Carrillo.
The move was supposedly dead after Al-Hilal reneged on paying a €4 million loan fee but now both sides have seemingly renegotiated.
El Comercio‘s David Hidalgo says the move is now official, with Carrillo joining the Saudi giants for the 2018-19 season.
OFICIAL. André Carrillo ya es jugador del Al-Hilal de Arabia Saudita. Fue prestado un año por el Benfica. ¿Qué les parece? pic.twitter.com/RZK9c1EjXi
— David Hidalgo J. (@DavidsCreator) July 16, 2018
Carrillo is expected to be a key player for the club, according to a few sources in Saudi Arabia. He’ll also be reunited with Jorge Jesus who coached the Peruvian winger at Benfica.
Al-Hilal will also be competing in the AFC Champions League, so Carrillo will also have to make an impact on the continental stage as well. The Saudis finished as runners-up in 2017.
FRIDAY, JULY 13
Two more French clubs have been linked with Miguel Trauco in recent days, which might lead to a small bidding war if Bordeaux remains keen on the Peruvian full-back as well.
Trauco has recently been placed on Toulouse’s radar, who will consider a move in the coming days.
Marseille is also back in for Trauco, according to AS (via Foot Marseille). OM was allegedly interested last summer and monitored Renato Tapia’s progress in January, so they’re definitely in tune with the Peruvian market.
However, the report states that Trauco would be considered a rotation option behind current starting left-back Jordan Amavi, who joined last summer from Aston Villa.
Interestingly, Foot Marseille also mention Lille and Sporting CP as potential destinations as well. Sporting recently lost most of their squad due to rampant off-the-pitch issues at the club, and need a left-back as Fabio Coentrao is no longer with the team.
Lille, meanwhile, have 21-year-old Fode Ballo-Toure and 20-year-old Hamza Mendyl for the left-back role. Trauco would be an instant upgrade in both quality and experience.
As Paolo Guerrero’s case with the Swiss Supreme Court continues, a couple of parties are already preparing for a positive outcome, and it’s not just Flamengo.
RPP dropped a bombazo on Thursday night, claiming that Tigres is negotiating with Paolo Guerrero, should he be eligible to play and if his contract isn’t renewed by Flamengo. His current deal is set to expire on Aug. 10.
Tigres currently has Andre-Pierre Gignac, Enner Valencia and Eduardo Vargas. However, Valencia has been offered to various clubs and Gignac even drew interest from Flamengo. So whatever happens, the Monterrey-based club might need a replacement.
As of right now, Flamengo is asking the Brazilian federation to grant eligibility to Guerrero while his case in Switzerland remains under review.
#Flamengo has consulted with the Brazilian federation to see if #PaoloGuerrero could play. The federation stated it’s not up to them since they did not punish him. The soap opera will continue! https://t.co/W8SsJVSpSp
— Diego Montalvan (@DMontalvan) July 13, 2018
This saga is far from over.
It’s official: Sergio Peña is heading to Tondela in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Granada confirmed the deal on Friday, which means the 22-year-old will be playing top-flight football in Europe beginning in August.
Peña actually registered a career-high 19 appearances (14 starts) for Granada in the Segunda División last season. However, after José Luis Oltra was sacked in March, the Peruvian midfielder fell out of favour with Oltra’s replacement Pedro Morilla. Peña only played in three games after March 18.
Tondela finished 11th in the Primeira Liga last season. Their two regular starters in midfield were Bruno Monteiro (33) and Helder Tavares (28), so Peña could inject some youth and quality in the middle this year.
THURSDAY, JULY 12
It’s all but official: Christian Cueva is moving to Krasnodar.
According to Globo, Krasnodar will pay Sao Paulo around €8 million ($9.3 million), which could rise to €10 million ($11.6 million) if certain performance bonuses are triggered.
Sao Paulo was reportedly seeking at least $10 million. Cruz Azul allegedly offered $9.3 million as well, but it did not include any additional clauses, which is why the bid was rejected.
MLS side Orlando City were also interested and tried to levy a transfer by using the money still owed by Sao Paulo from Kaka’s loan back in 2014. The Brazilians also rejected a bid of $6.5 million from Independiente earlier this week.
Krasnodar, founded in 2008, will be participating in the Europa League once again this upcoming season after placing fourth in the Russian Premier League last year. They have finished in the top four since the 2013-14 campaign.
Cueva will likely displace Mauricio Pereyra and start behind Russian international Fedor Smolov in attack. This should be a brilliant challenge for the 26-year-old, as this might be his one chance to impress in Europe, which he’s desperately craved over the past couple of years.
Krasnodar’s season begins on July 29 against Rubin Kazan.
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Bordeaux might be ready to complete a deal for Miguel Trauco very soon.
According to the always-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, Senegalese international Youssouf Sabaly might leave Bordeaux for Chelsea this summer.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 10, 2018
If that occurs, then that would open up a spot at full-back. Surely if Bordeaux is willing to sell Sabaly, who is coming off an excellent World Cup, they must have a replacement (potentially Trauco) lined up.
The Peruvian left-back returned to training but both sides have admitted that his time at the club is almost up, so expect more rumours surrounding Trauco in the coming days.
SUNDAY, JULY 8
With Paolo Guerrero’s contract with Flamengo expiring on Aug. 10, does his future lie in Argentina?
According to Libero, Independiente coach Ariel Holan is interested in signing Guerrero, which would obviously not require a transfer fee if his deal expires.
However, TyC Sports in Argentina claims that because of Guerrero’s salary demands, Independiente might be priced out.
On the surface, this potential transfer wouldn’t make sense for Independiente. They already have Emmanuel Gigliotti and Silvio Romero, who only joined from Club América this past season. Adding a 34-year-old on high wages and will need to recover match fitness isn’t a smart business decision.
On the other hand, Independiente are fighting for Copa Libertadores and having a striker with Guerrero’s experience would be valuable.
Libero says there will be a meeting on Monday between Holan and the board to determine if they want to move forward with this deal. We’ll know more by then.
THURSDAY, JULY 5
On Wednesday, Junior coach Julio Comesaña lamented the latest injury to centre-back Alberto Rodríguez and has revealed that Rodríguez isn’t in his plans.
Rodríguez has battled niggling knocks since moving to Colombia, which led to rampant rumours that Junior would try to offload the Peruvian.
Well, according to Brazilian publication Lance (via RPP), Rodríguez was offered to Vasco da Gama recently, who is looking for a centre-back.
Oswaldo Henríquez of Sport Recife was Vasco’s first choice, but there have been complications with negotiations. However, the club would only be willing to sign Rodríguez if his contract at Junior is rescinded.
Rodríguez signed for one year back in January, and Junior has reportedly discussed terminating the deal. Plus, with only five months left on the contract, it wouldn’t be a huge financial blow for the Colombian side to part ways with the player.
Should the transfer occur, there is definite risk given Rodríguez’s lengthy injury history and his age. But if Vasco manage to sign the Peruvian on a free, then it’s a low-risk, high-reward move because when fit, Rodríguez is one of the most consistent central defenders in South America.
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Make it seven players who are now involved in transfer rumours.
Anderson Santamaría tweeted that he’s received offers from two different clubs, although he reiterates that he’s committed to Puebla until his contract expires next year.
Santamaría played just 135 minutes at the World Cup, but he was impeccable in those two appearances. In total, the 26-year-old defender has played 16 matches for club and country, which exemplifies how fast his stock has risen in 2018.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Santamaría left Puebla some time in the near future, especially if his deal expires in the next 12 months. Any club would be able to snap up the Peruvian international for a cheap price.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30
Pedro Gallese has battled relegation with Veracruz since he arrived prior to the 2016 Liga MX Apertura. At 28, Gallese has not only solidified his status as Peru’s undisputed No. 1, he’s also proven that he is worthy of moving up the ladder from Los Tiburones Rojos.
Recent reports have Gallese linked to Boca Juniors and Racing Club, including TyC Sports and Diario Olé.
Having spoken to various Argentine reporters, it appears that Boca is leaning towards an Argentinean goalkeeper. Nahuel Guzmán is the favourite to join from Tigres, with Sergio Romero and Fernando Muslera also being reported targets along with Gallese.
Racing is the likeliest destination of the two. Juan Musso is on his way to Udinese in Serie A, and with the Copa Libertadores knockout stage beginning in August, the Avellaneda-based club will want an established replacement.
Jorge Broun is Racing’s other candidate, but Gallese’s deal expires next June, whereas Broun’s runs until June 2020, so the Peruvian would be the cheaper option.
Even before the World Cup began, Flamengo made no secret of their interest in cashing in on Miguel Trauco after the tournament.
Now that time has arrived, and Bordeaux is apparently keen on signing Trauco. Already boasting Youssouf Sabaly of Senegal – who was outstanding for his country – on the right, adding a stalwart left-back would be a tremendous addition ahead of the club’s Europa League campaign.
Bordeaux coach Gustavo Poyet admitted that he is monitoring the situation at Flamengo. Trauco and the club definitely want to part ways, so that could provide leverage in any negotiations. Brazilian media states that it would only take a fee between $2.5 million and $6.7 million to complete a deal.
Many might be wondering why the rumoured fee is so low. Firstly, his contract only runs until Dec. 2019 and he’s only earned five appearances this season under coach Mauricio Barbieri. Essentially, Flamengo is willing to sell at any price.
Therefore, expect a transfer as soon as Bordeaux offloads one of their foreign players. Maybe another Ligue 1 side comes in for him as well.