Liverpool has made an official inquiry to Club Leon of Mexico for defensive midfielder José Juan “Gallito” Vázquez. Milenio, a Mexican publication, reports that Liverpool had been following two of Club Leon’s midfielders, Carlos Peña and Vazquez, for a while now, and has finally decided to make an official inquiry after analyzing Vazquez’ amazing performance in the World Cup (Peña had a disappointing World Cup, and is no longer a target).
Jose “Gallito” (Rooster) Vazquez is a 26 year old defensive midfielder who has had a meteoric rise in the past two years, going from being an unknown player in Mexico’s second division, to becoming an undisputed starter in the Mexican National Team. Vazquez is a fierce defensive midfielder who can sit in the hole between the defense and midfield and wreak havoc on the opposing offense.
Vazquez was a fundamental piece of Club Leon’s rise to Mexico’s Premier Division, and the historic back to back championships achieved in the 2013-2014 seasons. Vazquez’ great form earned him his first national team call-up in January, 2014, where he slowly gained Miguel Herrera’s confidence, finally becoming a starting 11 player by the time the World Cup began.
At the World Cup, Vazquez was instrumental in Mexico’s successful Group stage performance, where Mexico went undefeated. Vazquez played a huge role in Mexico’s 0-0 draw with Brazil, as he was able to hold the Brazilian offense to a minimum. Vazquez participated in all three group stage matches, but was ineligible for the Round of 16 match against the Netherlands due to yellow card accumulation; his absence is regarded in the Mexican media as a leading cause of Mexico’s elimination.
There is no official announcement about the price Club Leon is asking for Vazquez, although it is widely reported in the Mexican media that they will not allow the player to leave for less than $8 million (USD). Club Leon is owned by the World’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim, and the team will be unlikely to sell the player unless a fair offer is given by Liverpool.
Although Vazquez is an above average Liga MX player, he is no superstar, and at 26 years old, there isn’t really much of a chance of seeing his skills improve much. Due to his age and the steep asking price, it is unlikely (40-50% chance) Liverpool will end up signing this player.