When Dennis te Kloese hired Guillermo Barros Schelotto to manage the five-time MLS Cup champions, there was hope the former Boca Juniors manager could serve as a bridge to sign talented players from his native country.
The one-time league MVP has already lured playmaker Favio Álvarez on loan from Tucumán, and now Schelotto has pulled off a significant coup, luring a promising world-class talent who not too long ago attracted interest from the likes of Aresenal and PSG with a price tag upwards of $40 million.
After months of hard work, it has been confirmed the LA Galaxy have signed 23-year old Cristian Pavon on a loan deal using Targeted Allocation Funds. The club can extend the loan in 2020 and purchase his rights after the season. The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio adds Boca would command a $600,000 loan fee and Pavón’s salary would jump above seven figures.
The winger with 11 caps for Argentina broke through with Boca in the 2016-2017 campaign, posting nine goals and nine assists in thirty apperances while adding four goals and two assists in Copa Libertadores action. Pavón was also one of the lone bright spots in a horrific 2018 World Cup for La Albiceleste, and clubs came calling for his services.
The Cordoba born attacker would stay in Buenos Aires, but a dip in form cooled off interest in the mercurial talent and Pavón has mostly been stagnant since. With “Kichan” reuniting with his old manager, there is optimism Schelotto can unlock his best form once again.