Update: The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal has confirmed the reporting of Roger Gonzalez, adding all parties involved have agreed to terms with the basic structure of the deal. Encouragingly the Galaxy could end up signing Pavon without having to part with fan favorite Romain Alessandrini, either by restructuring his contract or taking the Argentine winger out on loan.
Adding to last week’s report from @RGonzalezCBS, a new item on @TheAthleticSCCR on the LA Galaxy’s pursuit of Boca and Argentina winger Cristian Pavon. Told that all parties want a deal, biggest remaining hurdle is LA’s DP situation. Details: https://t.co/Di5PJsVdgo— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) July 1, 2019
It’s not a done deal, nor it is close or on the verge of happening.
However the possibility of Cristian Pavon reuniting with his former Boca Juniors coach and current LA Galaxy manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto is not a rumor of convenience. Dennis te Kloese and GBS want the talented winger and have been working hard to bring the 23-year old to Los Angeles.
Earlier today local journalist Hernán Castillo reported the Galaxy offered Boca Juniors over $12 million for 50% of his rights. And as CBS Sports’ Roger Gonzalez discovered, it is Pavon himself who is now open to the move.
Atención: desde Estados Unidos me confirman que oficialmente Los Ángeles Galaxy oferta por Cristian Pavón.50% del pase en más de 12 millones de uss.— Hernán Castillo (@HernanSCastillo) June 26, 2019
Once perceived as one of the world’s top young talents, the Argentine attracted interest from European powers PSG and Arsenal and was valued as high as $50 million. However the winger has regressed in form since the 2018 World Cup and now it seems the club will take what they can get for Pavon.
It is still unclear how LA can manage to pull this off without some kind of modification to the contract of injured Designated Player Romain Alessandrini. With the current MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire, perhaps the club is banking on changes to the salary structure, i.e. a fourth Designated Player?
For now it appears we’re still in the dark.