defender and former Philadelphia Union man Carlos Valdés arrived in Buenos
Aires on Sunday with the intention of undergoing formalities to be able to
practice with Argentine side San Lorenzo.
Little did he or San Lorenzo realize that the player would fail his physical and that the club's plans would have to be drastically changed in a matter of hours. Club doctors found
that Valdés' knees had important issues. Both of his knees were found to
have ligament problems that were rectified via surgery "at some point
early in his career," according to the
medical report that was given to the club's staff.
Valdés' injury led to a change in position
on behalf of the Argentine club; virtually going against the policy that Matías
Lammens and Marcelo Tinelli had implemented upon taking the presidency and vice
presidency. Since they took over the club back in 2012, they had been adamant about buying players instead of obtaining them on loan. According to a report by Argentine radio station Radio La
Red, San Lorenzo would only be interested in a loan stint that would also have some incentives added.
"The plan is to have 60% of Carlos Valdés' registration and offer him a contract for 3-4 years," said Lammens in an interview with Radio Rivadavia on Monday. "It would be very important for the club to have the percentage of a player that will be playing in the World Cup". This was being talked about moments before the club made their final decision, which then came moments after. This was mentioned by Lammens as he was looking to buy the percentage of the player that was currently owned by Major League Soccer. Reportedly, the offer for Valdés was rejected by Philadelphia.
At this point the negotiations are in the hands of the player and his agent, Ricardo Pachón. If the conditions could not be agreed upon, negotiations would be called off for there are other players
being considered should the deal fall through.
According to Radio La Red, there have been initial contacts with AS Roma regarding Nicolas Burdisso, with the Argentine international poised to return to South America after
limited playing time with the Giallorossi.