Mexican international and Chivas defender Oswaldo Alanis has been locked in a contractual dispute during the offseason and could be an option for LAFC. The expansion side has a third designated spot open as well as international slots available as they continue to round out their roster.
Alanis (28) was essentially frozen out of preseason training with Chivas until an agreement was reached for him to rejoin his teammates in Cancun. However he did not sign an extension to remain with El Rebaño Sagrado. The 6-foot defender is looking for a multi-year extension while the club is only offering a six-month offer according to reports.
This is not the first time Alanis has been linked to LAFC. The Los Angeles-based club was reportedly rumored in the center-back after when he was first demoted to the Chivas second team. Since then the Black and Gold has acquired Walker Zimmerman and Laurent Ciman as their defensive pairing for the new season but landing another experienced defender like Alanis would add even more credibility to the project.
The Liga MX winter transfer window is closed and the new Clausura season begins on Friday with Chivas’ season kicking off on Sunday against Toluca. Alanis’ options are limited to a move abroad or remain with Chivas until this season ends. Sitting out is another option but with the World Cup around the corner, it’s highly unlikely he’d take that chance.
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) January 5, 2018
A transfer to Europe is Alanis’ preferred destination but nothing concrete has arisen thus far. LAFC is looking to capitalize on the deteriorating relationship between Chivas and the Mexican defender. It remains to be seen if the Guadalajara-based side would elect to sell the defender or send him out on an initial loan abroad with the season set to begin.
Moreover, who knows if LAFC is truly interested in the defender at all. Alanis would be a pricey transaction but it would be a huge one for the club especially with Mexican international Carlos Vela already at the club.
It will be a situation to keep an eye on if LAFC would pull the trigger on the 28-year-old. A three-man backline of Zimmerman, Ciman and Alanis would be very intriguing.
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