Darwin Machis, ‘Cabecita’ Rodriguez and Byron Castillo top the list of the best summer transfers in Liga MX


It’s still early in the Liga MX summer transfer window, but we’ve already seen a number of eye-catching moves in and within Mexico’s top flight. Ahead of the start of Apertura 2022 on July 1, a number of clubs have been doing quick work to bring in vital reinforcements.

Although some fans have been a little frustrated with the lack of offers for global superstars such as Luuk de Jong, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, all of whom have reportedly watched Liga MX recently, there is still plenty of time to wrap up more deals. offers for big names this summer. As for swaps that have already been made, here is a list of the best Liga MX transfers (so far and in no specific order) for incoming players and swaps within the league.

Once the La Liga season ended and Granada found themselves relegated, FC Juarez wasted no time in bringing in Machis from the Spanish club. The 29-year-old striker, who is a smart and quick dribbler with a powerful shot, is an exceptional signing for the border club who would have been competing with bigger Liga MX sides for the Venezuela international.

Juarez, humiliated after paying a fee of 80 million pesos (3.49 million USD) for finishing last in the Liga MX coefficient table for the 2021-22 season, issued a statement after adding Machis and another prominent name on this list. Will others follow?

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When Pumas’ paper-thin roster exceeded expectations last season with a run to the Liga MX Qualifiers and the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League final, many wondered what might have been. realized if they had one or two other indispensable strikers available.

In stages Del Prete, a 26-year-old experienced Argentine striker who was the third top scorer in the 2021 Copa Sudamericana. Well-rounded in attack but with a little more pace than Pumas No.9 Juan Dinenno, striker d’Estudiantes de La Plata could become an effective frontline partner with Dinenno – or perhaps even a backup if the 27-year-old leaves.

Forget Castillo’s inconsequential ‘controversy’ as an eligible Ecuadorian player in World Cup qualifying – despite Chile’s complaints – focus instead on the 23-year-old’s ability to potentially become one of the signings of the Liga MX season.

Agile, energetic and defensively solid, Barcelona’s promising youngster from Ecuador finished in the best XI of the 2021 Copa Libertadores. He will likely be determined to shine once more this season ahead of his national team’s run to the Cup of the world.

Regardless of the fact that Talavera turns 40 this summer, the Mexican veteran and former Pumas captain remains one of Liga MX’s elite goalkeepers and arguably the most skilled in the air. Talavera will be an immediate leader in the dressing room and, as seen over the past few years, he’s also capable of single-handedly carrying his squad when needed.

Under new manager Hernan Cristante, FC Juarez could become an unexpected dark horse after finishing bottom of the table just a few months ago.

On Tuesday, America made headlines in the Mexican soccer world when it announced that Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez would join the team. The signing of the Balon de Oro winner of the Liga MX season 2020-21 is remarkable in itself, but the fact that the Uruguayan striker has already played for crosstown rivals Cruz Azul has made it even more of a blow. football state.

At the peak of his abilities, no Liga MX player is more explosive or dangerous in preparing for an attack than Cabecita, who turns 29 in July. That said, there will be questions about the player who recently completed a six-month spell at Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia with just one goal in eight appearances.

Even though Sorting manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino has yet to be convinced there’s a lot to love about Mozo. Proactive with his spirited runs and dribbling down the right flank, the adventurous 25-year-old full-back is one of the most exciting players to watch in Liga MX.

Leaving Pumas after being included in the best XI of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, Mozo will be a crucial piece of a Chivas puzzle which is entering a new era under the management of Ricardo Cadena. The only downside of the right-back is that he is sometimes a little too eager to leave his defensive zone and give space to the opposition…

Volpi is one of many signings Toluca have already made this summer, but there’s no denying he could end up being the most important. Ahead of a three-year run with Sao Paulo, the Brazilian established himself as one of the best shooters in Liga MX with Queretaro from 2015-2019.

At just 31, the goalkeeper still has plenty of gas in his tank and is unlikely to need much of an adjustment period after thriving with Querétaro and helping them win a Copa MX title. Along with Sao Paulo, Volpi has also been a key figure in his side’s race to a Campeonato Paulista championship in 2021.

Only Tigres superstar Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored more goals in the Clausura 2022 regular season than Aguirre. With Necaxa, the 27-year-old Uruguayan forward has made a name for himself as a clinical finisher with 10 goals in his last 15 appearances.

The decision in the final third has not been ideal for Monterrey over the past few seasons, which probably led them to take a chance on Aguirre. With a dual threat of powerful headers and left-footed shots, and plenty of talented Monterrey playmakers now in support, it wouldn’t be a shock if Aguirre overtook Gignac and everyone else in the goal chase for the Apertura tournament. .


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