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Liga MX transfer news: The latest rumors and chisme in Mexican soccer

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Herrera heading to Atletico


Hector Herrera has reached an agreement to join Atletico Madrid and is set to sign a five-year deal with the club, according to Marca .

Last month, Portuguese newspaper  O Jogo   reported Herrera had been convinced of Diego Simeone's vision and was ready to join Los Colchoneros.  The Mexico midfielder is set to spurn Inter after the Italian club's long courtship, along with Roma and Milan opting instead to play in La Liga. Herrera's Porto contract expires this summer, allowing him to move on a free. 


Cardona shoots down River links 


Pachuca attacker Edwin Cardona took to Instagram to shoot down a link to River Plate.

A graphic appeared online that claimed to feature a quote from the former Boca Juniors No. 10 in which he said he was open to the possibility of stepping in for his injured countryman Juan Fernando Quintero with Los Millonarios. Cardona noted that he never spoke to anyone about potentially going to River and that he's presently focused on Pachuca.


Napoli holding off United for Lozano 


Napoli is working to sign Hirving Lozano as Manchester United steps up its interest in the player, according to  Gazzetta dello Sport .

In the winter, Il Mattino  reported that Lozano's agent Mina Riaola and the Serie A side had an agreement but Napoli wasn't yet willing to meet PSV's $40 million asking price. Now, Manchester United is stepping its interest and working with Rialoa, spurring Napoli to attempt to lock things down before another club swoops in to sign him.

The 23-year-old PSV player has stood out since moving abroad from Pachuca and garnered attention from a number of top clubs.


America may part ways with Menez


Club America is considering parting ways with midfielder Jeremy Menez this offseason, according to  Esto .

The Frenchman still has six months remaining on his contract with Las Aguilas but his recovery from an ACL injury was followed up with another injury, and America is considering setting the player loose early to free up an international place. 


Bundesliga club interested in Santos defender


Werder Bremen is keeping a close eye on Santos Laguna right back Jose Abella, according to Televisa .

The Bundesliga side is interested in the defender, who could command a transfer fee of 3 million euros, though it's also looking at other options in the Americas. 


Wolves will trigger Jimenez clause


Wolves are set to exercise the buy option for Raul Jimenez and will pay 38 million euros to sign the Mexican forward on a permanent deal, according to Portuguese newspaper Record .  

The sale would make Jimenez, who has 12 goals in the Premier League on loan with Wolves this season, the most valuable player sold by Benfica.


PSV watching Alvarez, dropped Pizarro interest


Club America and Mexico international Edson Alvarez is on PSV's radar and could sign with the club in the summer, according to  Eindhoven Dagblad  reporter Rik Elfrink .

Able to play center back, defensive midfielder or even right back, the versatile 21-year-old also has been the target of interest from Celtic and Ajax but PSV has a long history of signing Mexican players.

The Dutch reporter noted, however, that the interest that previously existed for Rodolfo Pizarro has died out since the former Chivas playmaker made his move north to Monterrey.


La Maquina looking at Fernandez


Cruz Azul is looking to get ahead of others in the race to sign Brian Fernandez, according to  Record .

Necaxa is open to selling the Argentine in the summer but already are bumping up the starting point for offers from $10 million to $12 million. The 24-year-old has eight goals so far this season, putting him second in Liga MX.


FMF pursuing LA Galaxy's Alvarez


Efrain Alvarez is in line for a Mexico call-up, perhaps as soon as this summer's Gold Cup, according to ESPN .

However, the United States remains an option for the 16-year-old, who made his MLS debut and had an assist for the LA Galaxy in 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire.


Chivas ready to play hardball for Macias


Chivas are in no rush to sell forward Jose Juan Macias to Leon, according to  Record .

Currently on loan with Leon, Macias has four goals in five matches. However, Chivas have put a price of $15 million on the 19-year-old to join Leon full-time after the season.

The high clause was inserted in part because of Grupo Pachuca, which owns Leon and Pachuca, driving a hard bargain and demanding $8 million for goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota in the 2018 Clausura.


Cruz Azul considering move for Milan midfielder


Cruz Azul is looking to bring in AC Milan midfielder Jose Mauri in the summer, according to  Sport Mediaset .

The 22-year-old has played in only four Serie A matches this season and is set to leave the club on a free after the season concludes.