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

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Cruz Azul most likely landing place for River's Fernandez

While River Plate midfielder Nacho Fernandez has interest from teams in MLS and Brazil, he's most likely to land in Mexico, according to  TNT Sports .

Cruz Azul, in the midst of an offseason makeover, is the club that would bring him in, with a deal likely worth €7 million-€8 million.

El Tri's 2020 taking shape

Switzerland, Italy and Peru are among likely opponents for the Mexico national team in 2020, according to  TUDN .

The Swiss visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, in March for El Tri's first match of the year is nearly a done deal with negotitions ongoing with Italy, France and Germany about playing Mexico in Texas for the second game of the March FIFA window.

A May matchup with Peru ahead of the Concacaf Nations League semifinals in the summer also is all but official.

Pulido drawing MLS interest

Chivas forward Alan Pulido's season, which saw the forward secure the Liga MX scoring title, has drawn the attention of several teams in MLS. The Guadalajara club announced this week it will let him leave, and the U.S. looks to be the next destination for the 28-year-old.

While various reports indicated the San Jose Earthquakes, coached by former Chivas manager Matias Almeyda, were the most likely club to sign Pulido to a designated player deal,  ESPN Mexico   reports the Chicago Fire have an offer on the table. 

Cristante a candidate for San Luis

Former Toluca manager Hernan Cristante is one of the candidates to take over Atletico San Luis' coaching vacancy, according to  ESPN Mexico .

Eduardo "Chaco" Coudet also is a candidate, but the former Racing and Tijuana coach is more interested in taking over Brazilian club Internacional. 

Mexican clubs seeking Chilean star's signature

Three Mexican clubs are looking to sign Chilean forward Ignacio Jeraldino from Aduax Italiano, his agent said.

A report earlier this fall said America, Pachuca and Cruz Azul all were interested in "Jeraldios," but Sergio Morales told reporters Cruz Azul is not one of the clubs with whom he has had contact. The player also reportedly has generated looks from clubs in Spain and Italy.

Gudino could make Europe return

Chivas goalkeeper Raul Gudino has lost his starting spot at Chivas and may make his return to Europe in the winter, according to  Marca .

One team in Belgium and another in the Netherlands has shown interest in the 23-year-old who returned to Mexico after stints in Porto's youth system and with APOEL in Cyprus.

U-17 success leads to offers from Europe

After a run to the final of the Under-17 World Cup, three Mexican players already have offers from European teams, according to  TUDN .

The television network reports Atlas defender Alejandro Gomez is getting interest from European teams, with clubs in France, Italy and England expressing interest in the left-footed player. Eugenio Pizzuto, the Pachuca midfielder who won the bronze ball, and Santos Laguna forward Santiago Munoz also are candidates to move abroad.

Victor Guzman could secure Chivas swap

Victor Guzman will join Chivas ahead of the 2020 Clausura, according to  MedioTiempo.

The former Chivas youth player will look to make his first-team debut next year after a successful stint with Pachuca. His current teammate Erick Aguirre also will arive, with both players waiting only on the final sign off from new sporting director Ricardo Pelaez.

Tuzos sporting director Marco Garces told TUDN   that the club would be listening to offers for the 24-year-old.

Rafa Puente Jr. to return to bench

Rafa Puente Jr., former manager of Lobos BUAP and Queretaro, is a candidate for a number of coaching jobs.

He has been contacted by Roberto Nanni, the sporting director of Cerro Porteno, about taking over the Paraguayan club next year, according to  D10 ESPN Mexico   reports the 40-year-old is new Chivas director Ricardo Pelaez's second option should Diego Alonso not agree to take over the Rebano Sagrado.

Castellanos' future may be in Mexico

New York City's Argentine attacker Valentin Castellanos is on the radar of several Liga MX clubs, according to  The Athletic .

After scoring 11 goals for NYCFC in the regular season, "Taty" is set to play in Juarez and Pachuca with the Argentina Under-22 team against Mexico's side also preparing for the Olympics. An inclusion on the roster for Tokyo would further boost his stock, but even without it the 21-year-old has captured the attention of club directors in Mexico.

Cordova getting looks from abroad 

America midfielder Sebastian Cordova is drawing attention from a number of European teams including Benfica, according to  A Bola .

However, if Benfica is going to make Cordova the first Mexican to play at the club since Raul Jimenez, it is said it will have to fight off interest from Sevilla and Manchester United. Cordova has three goals in 11 league matches this season and impressed in Mexico's non-FIFA friendly win against Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month.

Salcedo on Marseille's list

Olympique Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking for defensive help this winter and may have personally contacted Tigres center back Carlos Salcedo, according to  various reports

With OM's defense hurting, the 26-year-old Mexico international may be an attractive option giving his proven European success with Eintracht Frankfurt and Fiorentina and his versatility in playing center back or either fullback slot. Salcedo's Tigres teammate Andre-Pierre Gignac is an OM legend.