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The silly season got sillier for the Philadelphia Union over the weekend. Following word from England that Sebastien Le Toux reportedly did not sufficiently impress while on trial with Bolton, and the news that Danny Mwanga is training for two weeks with Aston Villa, the Union transfer rumor well still wasn’t dry.
On Saturday, a report from Colombian said that Faryd Mondragon was ready to make a move to Deportivo Cali, the club at which he began his career some 20 years ago. In the report, Deportivo vice president Maria Clara Naranjo says that a deal is “99%” done and that Mondragon is the one “making arrangements to withdraw from the Philadelphia Union.” (Crappy translation here.)
On Sunday, PSP posted a article in which a Union official said that the club had not been in communication with Deportivo about a transfer and that Mondragon was at the club’s training camp.
Another article out of Colombia on Sunday suggested that a deal for Mondragon’s return to Deportivo was practically complete with Deportivo manager Luis Fernando Lenis saying what remains to be negotiated to finalize the deal is “almost nothing.” Mondragon is quoted as saying he is happy that a deal is being done and that he will “immediately travel to Cali this week.” (Crappy translation here.)
Also on Sunday, “Sport transfer gossip specialist” Alan Nixon kept the Le Toux rumors fires burning when he reported that a Bolton move for Le Toux could still happen “If there are any funds left.”
Late on Sunday night, the Union canceled press access to today’s opening of training at YSC Sports in Wayne. Access on Tuesday, when the transfer window closes in England, had previously been scheduled to be unavailable.
Also on Monday, The Bolton News reported Le Toux is still an option for Wanderers “with his club Philadelphia Union ready to sell for a fair price.”
All of which begs two questions:
- What the f’ is going on?
- Is it March 12 yet?
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