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WEDNESDAY, 11 AM ET: Mexican outlet MedioTiempo reported on Tuesday night that Orlando City SC were also interested in Pulido.
¡La MLS se lo quiere llevar! 🇺🇸— MedioTiempo (@mediotiempo) November 27, 2019
Alan Pulido, actual Campeón de Goleo ⚽ es buscado por el San José Earthquakes que dirige Matías Almeyda y el Orlando City. pic.twitter.com/f4iAbq2zs6
TUESDAY, 10 AM ET: Are the San Jose Earthquakes ready to go big in support of the Matias Almeyda revolution?
TUDN dropped a bombshell report on Monday night stating that the NorCal club are entering talks with Chivas de Guadalajara on a transfer for Alan Pulido, the Liga MX giants' star striker and a Mexican international, to the tune of a $10 million fee. It's the second Pulido-MLS link of the current offseason.
MLSsoccer.com contributor Joel Soria later confirmed the report.
Can confirm this report that #Quakes74 are interested in Pulido. I’m told that Pulido is Almeyda’s top target this winter, and conversations have begun on a potential transfer. https://t.co/ftHh327yox— Joel Soria (@soriajoelfutbol) November 26, 2019
Pulido and Almeyda worked together during the charismatic Argentine manager's successful stint in charge of Chivas, highlighted by their run to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League title and a Liga MX-Copa MX double the previous year.
On Tuesday, Chivas sporting director Ricardo Pelaez addressed the situation in a press conference.
Update from @Chivas sporting director, Ricardo Peláez, on the rumors surrounding Pulido: “We’ve talked with our scoring champion, we are very happy with him, we have a contract and we want Pulido to stay.”— Joel Soria (@soriajoelfutbol) November 26, 2019
The ball is definitely in Pulido’s court. #Quakes74 https://t.co/8HWtha8L9L
That close relationship is said to be key to the Quakes' hopes of a daring acquisition that would rank among the biggest, priciest and most ambitious signings of their club's history. The fact that Pulido, a Colorado Rapids target several seasons ago, is counting down towards the final year of his current contract may also be a central factor in Chivas' calculations.
Pulido, 28, won a share of the Liga MX scoring title in the Apertura regular season that finished over the weekend, finishing level with Mauro Quiroga on 12 goals even as Chivas bumped through another disappointing campaign that ended with a 10th-place finish, two slots outside the playoff places. The rangy No. 9 previously worked in Greece at Levadiakos and Olympiacos.