TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Reports
UPDATES (Feb. 7): Pump the brakes on Rodolfo Pizarro to Inter Miami CF, with a TUDN.com report stating the MLS expansion side has not paid the forward’s release clause yet — reportedly $19.6 million — and Monterrey’s deadline has passed.
After not traveling for Monterrey’s last game, Pizarro was mobbed by reporters on his way to Rayados’ upcoming Clausura match at Leon Saturday night.
However, a report from Bola VIP later on Friday claimed that Miami would indeed trigger Pizarro's release clause, and that so long as they did Monterrey would be obliged to sell the player regardless of a deadline.
UPDATE (Feb. 3, 5 pm ET): The Athletic's Paul Tenorio now reports Pizarro and Miami have agreed personal terms, and the MLS club and Monterrey are now working out the payment of the player's release clause.
Update on this: Inter Miami and Pizarro have agreed to personal terms. Clubs now just negotiating the terms of the buyout agreement. https://t.co/Hm6VA8GXqf— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) February 3, 2020
UPDATE (Feb. 3, 2:30 pm ET): According to a report from Mexican outlet Record, Monterrey sporting director Duilo Davino has said the deal is agreed between the Monterrey and Miami, but is being held up because of Pizarro's salary demands. Record reports those demans are roughly double his current salary in Liga MX, and notes Russian Premier League side FK Krasondar is still in the mix.
UPDATE (Feb. 2): Per ESPN.com's Tom Marshall, Rayados head coach Antonio Mohamed relayed that Monterrey is currently in the process of negotiating a buyout clause with Inter Miami, although the completion of the deal is evidently contingent upon Pizarro agreeing to the move. Stay tuned.
.@rayados coach Mohamed on @Rpizarrot to @InterMiamiCF: If they meet the buyout clause, which is what they are negotiating, and Pizarro is in agreement, he’ll surely go. I hope we have enough quality in the squad to not miss him, he’s an important player #mls #ligamxeng— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) February 2, 2020
UPDATE (Feb. 1): Rodolfo Pizarro's rumored move to Inter Miami CF looks closer to fruition, with MedioTiempo and beIN Sports' Fernando Cavallos indicating that a deal with the player and his club, Monterrey, was nearing completion.
UPDATE (Jan. 31, 3 pm ET): The Rodolfo Pizarro saga has taken another turn, as The Athletic's Paul Tenorio reported that Inter Miami are in talks over personal terms with the Monterrey midfielder and that they hope to soon finalize a transfer for the player.
Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough also confirmed the club's pursuit of Pizarro to reporters on Friday afternoon, though stated that reports of a $19 million fee to acquire him were "false":
UPDATE (Jan. 31, 12 pm ET): It would appear that the Rodolfo Pizarro-to-MLS links have not quite been put to bed yet. TUDN's Diego Medina is reporting that Inter Miami have made a final offer of $19.6 million to secure the player's services.
19.6 MDD...— Diego Armando Medina ✋ (@DiegoArmaMedina) January 31, 2020
La JUGOZA oferta del @InterMiamiCF por los servicios de Rodolfo Pizarro...
Rumors are abound linking Liga MX midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro to a possible move to MLS, but it appears as though the Monterrey man will be staying put at his current club for the time being.
Pizarro was first linked to Inter Miami CF in a Thursday report from ESPN.com citing a source that said several MLS teams were making a play for his services, with Miami at the forefront of the suitors. The connection seems obvious enough, as Miami coach Diego Alonso coached Pizarro when he manned the sidelines at Monterrey for two seasons before making the move to the 2020 MLS expansion side.
That speculation was dampened, however, with Univision's Vladimir Garcia reporting on Thursday that Chicago Fire FC actually had an offer turned down for the player, and that he would remain with Rayados for at least the remainder of the in-progress Clausura 2020 season, which runs through May.
If an MLS team can wind up landing Pizarro somewhere down the line, it'd be another big get for the league from Liga MX. The 25-year-old attacker is a versatile player who has lined up all over the field during his career, but has done some of his best work as a crafty attacker both as a goalscorer and facilitator. He also five goals in 25 career senior caps for the Mexican national team.