Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Source: Red Bulls after Anderlecht playmaker


A source with connections to Anderlecht has told MLS Transfers that the New York Red Bulls are looking into acquiring attacking midfielder Ronald Vargas.

His 2010-2011 season was a breakout for him. After he scored 15 goals in the league for Club Brugge, he made a 2.5 million euro move to Belgian giants Anderlecht. The Venezuelan international, 27, has been with Anderlecht since 2011 but has only appeared in 23 total games due to various injuries.

He also featured for Caracas FC, his boyhood club.

He is valued at 1.5 million euros.

More information as this story develops.

(Edit): Here's a video from 2011

(UPDATE): According to @Sporting_AND, a loan move could be set in place for Vargas should Anderlecht sign Thorgan Hazard from Chelsea.  The source also says that Red Bulls, FC Basel, and 2 other Brazilian clubs are interested in him, but Vargas would prefer a move to New York over all of them.

(UPDATE): A source says Zulte Waregem will want compensation for Hazard going to Anderlecht and may want Vargas in the process. He still has made it clear that New York is his first choice.

(UPDATE): 1/16/14 New York coach Mike Petke said during a conference call to reporters on January 16, that Vargas has come across his desk but worries how to player will fit into the system, and under the salary cap circumstances.

(UPDATE): 1/21/14 Thanks to @DanCovello and @Sporting_AND for the news that Varags is meeting with his agent in the next couple of days to discuss his options. Among those are New York Red Bulls, clubs in Turkey, Brazil, Qatar, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain. Link to that information is here.

More information has surfaced from a source that says, Spanish side Numanica, Portuguese side Rio Ave FC are in the running, but still, Vargas wants a move to New York over everything. It is unknown if he likes the league or the city itself, but the source is very adamant that the Red Bulls is the destination he wants.

Much has been talked about a loan or a permanent move for Vargas. Multiple newspapers have said a loan is an option but the source says a loan for until June is more likely than an outright buy, just to make sure the buying club is willing to keep Varags in the long run. Anderlecht will most likely have a "buy option" at the end of the loan deal.

Second Update today: @DanielPrat, a Venezuelan writer says that Vargas' sister lives in New Jersey, which is possibly influencing his decision to come to New York Red Bulls. He also says that the stumbling block could be the transfer fee. Anderlecht are asking for 3 million euros.

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