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

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Dos Santos 'close' to America deal

Giovani dos Santos' next destination continues to be the subject of plenty of chatter, with Fox Deportes, reporting he is near a deal to join Club America.

Earlier this summer Multimedios reported Dos Santos was in contact with Monterrey. That report said the former LA Galaxy attacker has had several calls and exchanged messages on WhatsApp for the past few weeks with Rayados directors and negotiations were progressing for the 30-year-old to play in the city of his birth.

Other reports have indicated he is looking to make $4.5 million a year, which would make him one of the highest-paid players in the league.

Atletico Madrid after Gallardo

Atletico Madrid is hoping to sign Mexico left back/winger Jesus Gallardo, according to  AS .

The former Pumas winger generated European interest after playing four matches for Mexico in the 2018 World Cup. But he already had signed a deal before the tournament to join Monterrey. His deal with Rayados runs through 2023, but the report says Atleti could acquire his services for €5 million.

PSG interest slowing Lozano move to Napoli

New Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo believes Mexico winger Hirving Lozano would be a key piece to build around with his interest putting the brakes on a deal that would send Lozano to Napoli, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Earlier this summer, the same outlet reported Napoli offered Hirving Lozano a five-year contract after reaching an agreement with PSV to buy the El Tri star.

Lozano's agent, Mino  Raiola, reportedly  met with Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis after the season with the club agreeing to pay €40 million ($45 milion) to PSV. Now the fee could rise to €50 million ($56 million) as other interested parties jump in.

 De Laurentiis also said recently that the club will attempt to make a move for James Rodriguez, which would likely mean Lozano wouldn't join Napoli.

In the winter, Il Mattino   reported Riaola and the Serie A side had an agreement but Napoli wasn't yet willing to meet PSV's $40 million asking price.  Gazzetta dello Sport   reported Manchester United was another club stepping up its interest and working with Raiola, spurring Napoli to attempt to lock things down as quickly as possible.

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

Frankfurt scouted Macias at U-20 World Cup

Eintracht Frankfurt has Leon forward Jose Juan Macias on the radar and scouted him at the U-20 World Cup, according to Record .

Chivas currently hold the rights for the 19-year-old but are waiting to see if Leon will pay around $15 million to buy him outright after spending the Clausura on loan with the Liga MX finalists. Macias scored eight goals, more than any other Mexican player in the tournament, and good for a tie for fifth place overall.

Lazio intrigued by Lainez

Lazio have Diego Lainez on the radar and may make an attempt to buy him from Real Betis, according to  Il Messaggero .

Lainez arrived in La Liga just six months ago, and in his introductory news conference Betis boss Rubi said he thinks Lainez is a fantastic player. However, the club may be willing to sell this summer if it can recoup its €14 million investment. The Italian club would look to pay off the debt it currently owes Betis after signing Riza Durmisi last summer and then pay the Lainez fee in a pair of installments. Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi may be forced to deploy a 4-3-3 this season, which would suit the 19-year-old winger well.

Higuera pours water on Damm reports

Tigres winger Jurgen Damm reportedly was headed to Chivas, but the Guadalajara club's CEO, Jose Luis Higuera, says the reports are untrue. Multiple outlets reported the clubs agreed on a fee around $11 million, with the 26-year-old's salary and contract length the only details left to work out. However, Higuera said the club, which only signs Mexican players, hasn't been in contact with Damm.

Germany or the Netherlands options for Guzman

Victor Guzman is interested in a move to Europe, with clubs in Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands potential destinations, according to the player's agent, Matias Bunge .

Interest from Germany and the Netherlands was reported earlier this summer, but  Record   now reports Porto is in negotiations with Tuzos, though its initial offer was declined. Bunge also represented Diego Reyes and Hector Herrera when those players left Mexico for Porto.

The Pachuca midifelder was linked with a move abroad in previous transfer windows and could take the leap this summer. The agent also represents Diego Reyes and said reports linking the defender to Tigres are premature with the sides yet to speak .

Djaniny not headed to Cruz Azul

Former Liga MX top scorer Djaniny has interest from Premier League teams in addition to clubs in Mexico, according to  A Bola .

The Cape Verde international has continued scoring goals since leaving Mexico, with 20 league goals for Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia. West Ham, Everton and Wolves reportedly are tracking the 28-year-old.

Cruz Azul was interested in bringing him back to reunite with manager Pedro Caixinha, but La Maquina sporting director Ricardo Pelaez said a deal isn't going to happen this summer.

Real Madrid midfielder on Tigres' radar

Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Silva is on Tigres' radar, according to multiple reports .

Tigres president Miguel Garza said, however, he's simply an alternative right now and the club hasn't been in serious talks with Real Madrid. Silva spent the last season on loan in his native Brazil with Cruzeiro and also had a loan stint with Marseille. He has played just eight La Liga matches with Los Blancos.

Reyes extended Greek lifeline

After two years struggling to find playing time in Europe, Diego Reyes may find a home in Greece, according to MedioTiempo .

Olympiakos is looking to buy Reyes from Fenerbahce. The Turkish club loaned him to Leganes for the past six months, but Reyes struggled for playing time there as well. The 26-year-old defender/defensive midfielder also has been linked with Tigres this summer.

Watford in for Ochoa

Mexico national team goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has interest from Watford, according to  Record .

Previously in the summer,  MedioTiempo   reported   Valencia and Getafe would like to add the shot-stopper to their squads as well. Ochoa may prefer those options, with memories of his previous time working with manager Javi Gracia dominated by being stuck on the bench behind Carlos Kameni at Malaga. However, the coach apparently would like Ochoa to replace the retiring Heurelho Gomes.

Ochoa also has an option to return to Liga MX in Atlas, according to ESPN Mexico . The Rojinegros' new ownership group is looking to make a splash and has a good relationship with the current Standard Liege shot-stopper. However, a good deal of convincing is needed for the 33-year-old to leave Europe. In addition to the Premier League and La Liga interest, he also was reportedly on Porto's list of potential Iker Casillas replacements.

Rayados interested in Benedetto

Monterrey manager Diego Alonso and the club's directors are looking to bring Boca Juniors forward Dario Benedetto back to Liga MX, according to   Multimedios .

After Sunday's Copa de Superliga match against Tigre, "Pipa" said he may have played his last match for the club. The former Tijuana and America forward had plenty of success in Liga MX but also has interest from MLS clubs.

Wolves inquire about PSV, Ajax target Alvarez

Wolves have made contact with Club America's sporting department to inquire about Edson Alvarez's availability, according to  MedioTiempo .

While he recently signed a contract extension, it's widely believed he did so to aid America in getting the best value when selling the defender/midfielder.

Both Ajax and PSV have spoken America about Alvarez as well, according to De Telegraaf . PSV is hoping to move quickly, but Ajax could more easily pay Las Aguilas' asking price of €10 million (£9m/$11m). That price could go up with interest already recorded from the Netherlands, Serie A (Inter, Atalanta and Fiorentina reportedly are tracking Alvarez) and the Premier League club potentially entering the mix.

Podolski offered to Rayados

An agent has made contact with Rayados to offer them the services of Germany legend Lukas Podolski, according to  Cancha .

The sides could meet in the next few days to get a better feel of what each side is after. Monterrey may be intrigued by the idea of snagging the former Bayern and Arsenal forward, and current club Vissel Kobe may be willing to sell now with his current contract set to expire in January 2020 and this providing a last chance for the Japanese club to get a transfer fee.

Cavallini has suitors in MLS, Spain

Puebla has offers on the table from a number of teams for forward Lucas Cavallini, according to  Record .

Cruz Azul is making a strong push for the Canadian international, but he also has suitors in MLS and Spain. The Canada international forward has scored 23 Liga MX goals since arriving in the summer of 2017.

Betis wants Guardado extension

Andres Guardado's agent was in Seville this summer working on a contract extension with Real Betis, according to  ABC Sevilla

The 32-year-old's current deal would keep him in La Liga through summer of 2020. The player has been targeted by Liga MX and MLS teams in the past and manager Quique Setien's departure could make it more appealing for him to return to North America. Still, Real Betis are seeking a deal that would keep him with the club in 2020-21 and have an option for an additional season .

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.