Mexican international Aldo de Nigris has been “vaguely” rumored to be heading to Craven Cottage. The 27 year old, who had a breakout performance during Mexico’s 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup title run, is currently playing for Mexican first division club Monterrey.
The following comes from a Sky Sports article:
A mystery Premier League team are believed to be leading the race to sign Mexico Gold Cup hero Aldo De Nigris.
The Monterrey striker scored three goals during Mexico’s march to the CONCACAF title last month and is on the radar of a number of European sides.
Celtic had been strongly linked while Spanish side Deportivo de La Coruna were in the running before their relegation from the Primera Liga in May.
Now, though, the 27-year-old claims ‘advanced negotiations’ have taken place with a European team, but he has been instructed to contain his excitement.
He said: “There is a very advanced negotiation with a European team that is interested in me. They have seen me in action during the Gold Cup and have sent a proposal to Monterrey.
“I can’t say the name of the team, the only thing that I can say is that it belongs to a very important European league, one of the most important ones.
“It’s a team that has the chance to play in the Europa League next year. I can’t say the name of the team because I have been asked not to.
“In the next days I will be having a meeting with the board members of Monterrey, but they have already said to me that there will not be any problem in letting me go.”
Tottenham, Fulham and Stoke are the only Premier League sides who will participate in the Europa League next season, while Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao are the representatives of Spain’s top division.
While it has been documented that Martin Jol wants to “go young” this summer, something can be said of picking up a hot striker who is hitting his stride at the age of 27. Aldo has scored 36 goals for Monterrey since first joining the club on loan during the 2008-2009 season, 31 of which have come during the last two seasons after joining the club on a permanent basis.
For Mexico, he earned his first senior team call up in 2010, earning two caps. He was named to the 2011 Gold Cup squad, scoring two goals in friendlies in the lead up to the Gold Cup and 4 goals during the Gold Cup itself. Only Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (7) scored more goals during the Gold Cup while scoring more goals than Fulham ace, USA’s beloved Clint Dempsey (3).
If the price is right, I would pull the trigger on this in a heartbeat. I also wouldn’t be shocked if a swap with Carlos Salcido was involved, as it’s no secret that Salcido not only wants to return to Mexico, but specifically, wants to play for Monterrey.