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Darwin Machis, ‘Cabecita’ Rodríguez and Byron Castillo top the Liga MX summer signing list

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

Although some fans have been a bit frustrated with the lack of deals for global superstars like Luuk de Jong, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez who were recently rumored to be looking at Liga MX, there is still plenty of time to land more deals for prominent names this summer. As for the trades that have already been made, here is a list of the top Liga MX transfers (so far and in no specific order) for incoming players and intra-league trades.

Once the LaLiga season was over and Granada found themselves relegated, FC Juarez wasted no time bringing Machis in 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 were reportedly competing with bigger teams in Liga MX for the Venezuela international.

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Juarez, honored after paying a fee of 80 million pesos ($3.49 million) for finishing last in the Liga MX coefficient table for the 2021-22 season, made a statement after adding Machis and another name from high profile on this list. Will more follow?

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When the Pumas roster exceeded expectations last season through a run to the Liga MX playoffs and the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League final, many wondered what could have been achieved if they had one or two very talented attackers. needed available.

In the footsteps of Del Prete, an experienced 26-year-old Argentine striker who was the joint third-highest scorer in the 2021 Copa Sudamericana. Well-rounded in attack, but with a bit more pace than Pumas No. 9 Juan Dinenno, the Estudiantes de La Plata striker could become an effective front-row partner with Dinenno, or perhaps even a replacement if the 27-year-old leaves.

Forget the inconsequential “controversy” that Castillo was featured as an eligible Ecuador player during World Cup qualifying, despite Chile’s complaints, instead focus on the 23-year-old’s ability to potentially becoming one of the Liga MX signings of the season.

Agile, energetic and defensively solid, the young promise of Barcelona from Ecuador finished in the Ideal XI of the Copa Libertadores 2021. It is likely that he will be determined to shine once again this season before his national team’s run in the World Cup .

Regardless of the fact that Talavera will turn 40 this summer, the Mexican veteran and former Pumas captain remains one of the elite goalkeepers in Liga MX and arguably the most skilled in the air. Talavera will be an immediate leader in the locker room and, as has been seen over the last couple of years, he too can lead his squad single-handedly when needed.

Under new coach Hernán Cristante, FC Juárez could become an unexpected dark horse after finishing bottom of the table just a couple of months ago.

On Tuesday, América made headlines throughout the Mexican soccer world when it announced that Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodríguez would be joining the team. The signing of the Liga MX Ballon d’Or winner from the 2020-21 season is notable in itself, but the fact that the Uruguayan striker once played for cross-town rivals Cruz Azul made him in an even bigger football coup.

At the peak of his abilities, there are no players in Liga MX more explosive or dangerous in setting up an attack than Cabecita, who turns 29 in July. That said, there will be questions about the player who recently ended a six-month stay at Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr with just one goal in eight appearances.

Even if The Tri Manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino is still not convinced, there is a lot to like about Mozo. Proactive with his spirited runs and dribbles down the right flank, the adventurous 25-year-old winger is one of the most exciting players to watch in Liga MX.

Leaving Pumas after being included in the top XI of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, Mozo will be a crucial piece of the puzzle as Chivas finds itself in a new era under Ricardo Cadena. The only drawback of the right back is that sometimes he is too eager to get out of his defensive zone and leave space for the rival…

Volpi is one of the several signings that Toluca has already made this summer, but there is no denying that it could end up being the most important. Before a three-year career with Sao Paulo, the Brazilian established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Liga MX with Querétaro from 2015 to 2019.

Still just 31 years old, the goalkeeper has plenty of fuel left in the tank and likely won’t need much adjustment time after previously thriving with Queretaro and helping them win a Copa MX title. With Sao Paulo, Volpi was also a key figure in his team’s run to the Paulista Championship in 2021.

Only Tigres superstar Andre-Pierre Gignac scored more goals in the 2022 Clausura regular season than Aguirre. With Necaxa, the 27-year-old Uruguayan striker 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 in recent seasons, which probably led them to take a chance on Aguirre. With a double threat of powerful headers and left-footed shots, and a host of talented Monterrey playmakers now in support, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Aguirre tops Gignac and everyone else in the scoring race for the Apertura tournament.

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