MIAMI, Fla. (February 3, 2020) —
Inter Miami is in negotiations with Club de Fútbol Monterrey for attacking midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro and hope to soon finalise a transfer for the Mexican international.
Pizarro, 25, has played nine seasons in Liga MX, Mexico’s top division. He has played in over 200 games with CF Pachuca, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas) and C.F. Monterrey. He’s also a regular with the Mexican national team, earning ten appearances with seven starts for Mexico in 2019, including a standout performance in the Gold Cup final against the United States, a 1-0 win for El Tri.
Miami sporting director Paul McDonough has confirmed as of last Friday that he was indeed going after Pizarro. The club and the player are now in talks over personal terms, the sources said. (Any eventual contract would be signed with MLS and the player, however, given the single-entity legal structure of the league.)
Pizarro’s release clause with the Rayados is close to $20 million, and Mexican media reported that Miami was ready or in fact had offered $19.6 million. According to The Athletic, Pizarro would be purchased by Miami for less than $10 million.
Pizarro would occupy an international player slot on Miami’s roster, and would be a designated player, though the club is still seeking a designated player at the forward spot. Club America’s Roger Martinez remains a transfer target, sources said, and negotiations continue with the player. Miami owner Jorge Mas said on Thursday that the club also has its eyes on PSG and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani.
“We have had conversations about Cavani, but I don’t want to make any comments further than that based on that he is a PSG player at the time,” Mas told Sky Sports News.
Pizarro would become the starter at the No. 10 spot in the Rosanegro midfield, which also includes US international Will Trapp, acquired last Friday in a trade with Columbus Crew.
Pizarro had been linked with a move to the Chicago Fire in this transfer window, but it appears now that a move to Fort Lauderdale and a reunion with his former coach at C.F. Monterrey, Diego Alonso, is more likely.
Miami will open its inaugural MLS campaign on March 1st against defending Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC.