UPDATE, Jan 5: Ole, a sports newspaper in Argentina, has reported that Cristian Pavon is still not training with Boca Juniors upon his return to the Primera Division club. He awaits COVID-19 test results before joining the side, but was also not selected for their upcoming Copa Libertadores semifinal against Brazil's Santos. While Boca are reportedly upset with Pavon, he's expected to report to training no later than Thursday.
UPDATE, Dec. 31: The Los Angeles Times reports that negotiations between the Galaxy and Boca Juniors will continue after January 1, the day Cristian Pavon's loan deal expires. Per the report, Pavon would like to stay with the Galaxy.
UPDATE, Dec. 28: MLSsoccer.com's Tom Bogert reports that discussions are still ongoing between the Galaxy and Boca Juniors regarding the status of Cristian Pavon. If the sides can't come to an agreement on a new number for Pavon's purchase option following the expiration of his loan, he would have to report back to Boca by January 1.
Discussions between the LA Galaxy and Boca Juniors over a deal for Cristian Pavon are still ongoing, per source. Saga not done yet.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) December 28, 2020
Pavon’s loan ends in a few days. He has 13g/15a in 33 games in MLS. Had a $20m purchase option that the Galaxy aimed to negotiate down.
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Pavon's future with the club had been the subject of speculation throughout the offseason, as his loan expired and the Galaxy would have reportedly had to pay a $20 million buyout fee attached to his loan deal to guarantee his return, a sum that they were unwilling to pay. The sides reportedly didn't come to an agreement on a lower number, meaning Pavon must now report back to Boca by January 1.
🗣️OFICIAL: Boca acaba de noticarle a Cristian #Pavón que el 1 de enero a las 17 hs debe presentarse a entrenar con el plantel de Boca en Ezeiza.— Luis_Fregossi (@Luis_Fregossi) December 24, 2020
Russo podrá contarlo para las semifinales vs #Santos ⚽ pic.twitter.com/7AhDcVv3JH
Pavon has been a standout contributor for the Galaxy since arriving from Boca in 2019, putting up three goals and eight assists in his debut MLS campaign and helping the Galaxy to a playoff berth alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The club had a difficult 2020 season, but those struggles couldn't be attributed to Pavon, who had another brilliant individual campaign, starting all 22 of his appearances and putting up 10 goals and seven assists across 1,980 minutes.
#LAGalaxy SOURCES: Boca Juniors will be finalizing paperwork for Cristian Pavón to be able to play with them again. Pavón will have a small preseason but is NOT expected to play in the SuperClasico on Jan. 2nd vs River or anytime soon. pic.twitter.com/xqLJOHMVMa— Gio Garcia (@GioGarciaLA) December 26, 2020
His departure would leave a big void in the Galaxy's attack and immediately put finding a player who can replace his production at the top of the priority list for the front office.