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UPDATE (Dec. 27): John Hackworth tells Matthew De George of the Delco Times, that the Union is “pretty close to a resolution that will be good for both of us that we hope to announce soon.”
UPDATE (Dec. 26): MLSsoccer.com’s Dave Zeitlin tweets that John Hackworth said, “I think we’re close to having a resolution that’s going to make sense for both us and for Carlos.” Hackworth also tells Zeitlin that the Union plan on keeping the rights to Valdes until after the World Cup in order to maximize his value.
UPDATE (Dec. 18): Carlos Valdes’ agent Ricardo Pachon tells futbolMLS.com (crappy Google translation here) that he’s “101 percent” certain the former Union captain will not play in MLS for the first half of the 2014 season. The article also confirms earlier reports that Santa Fe want to purchase Valdes’ rights in installments An English language version of the article that later appeared on the full MLS site omits mention of Santa Fe wanting to pay in installments.
UPDATE (Dec 14): An article from La Banda Deportiva (crappy Google translation here) says the Union own “60% of his sports rights.” An article from Dec. 13 at elespectador.com (crappy Google translation here) says the same.
“There is an option to purchase in December,” said Pastrana, “and we are looking for negotiations to pay in installments.”
Valdes’ value is put at $1.5 million in the WinSports report, which also says that if Santa Fe cannot reach a deal to buy the central defender, it will ask for his loan to be extended.
Transfermarkt.co.uk puts Valdes’ value at £800,000/€900,000, which at the time of this writing equals $1,302,960 and $1,236,773, respectively.
Independiente Santa Fe has allowed the loan of Carlos Valdes to expire, thereby returning the Colombian international center back to Philadelphia Union.
Santa Fe announced Wednesday that Valdes was departing the Colombian side, along with several other players.
Confirmamos la salida de: Fernando Cardenas, Gerardo Bedoya, William Zapata, Ramiro Sánchez, Diego Amaya, Carlos Valdés (2/3)
— Santa Fe (@IndSantaFeCO) December 11, 2013
A Union spokesman confirmed Wednesday to the Philly Soccer Page that Santa Fe would allow the one-year loan to expire, which would return Valdes to the Union roster. However, no decision has been made yet on the future of Valdes. His loan technically runs till Dec. 31, Union manager John Hackworth told PSP last month.
Valdes, 28, spent two years with the Union, eventually becoming team captain and an all-star in mid-2012. He sought to go on loan to a South American club after Colombian national team coach Jose Pekerman said his national team prospects would improve if Valdes was playing closer to his home nation. Union manager John Hackworth agreed to the one-year loan, which included an option to buy.
The Union now have several options with Valdes:
- Sell him to another club;
- Loan him to another club;
- Trade him within MLS;
- Keep him.
Valdes was on the books for a salary of $321,000 in 2013, a figure that may increase in 2014 and would make him the highest paid player returning to the Union if he stayed with them. Philadelphia replaced Valdes with local native Jeff Parke, who played well in his place. Fellow starting center back Amobi Okugo could theoretically move back to defensive midfield if Valdes is retained, but Hackworth has made clear he thinks Okugo’s best position is center back.
More likely, Valdes will seek an opportunity elsewhere in South America, either via loan or transfer. Hackworth has made clear he will work with Valdes to help him ensure a spot on Colombia’s World Cup team, provided those interests coincide with the Union’s interests. And Pekerman has made clear Valdes needs to be in South America to keep his national team starting spot.