The LA Galaxy are set to sign Cristian Pavón from Boca Juniors on a free loan, with an option to buy at a later point, according to multiple reports.
“Cristian (Pavón) is a young and dynamic attacking addition who has the talent to be one of the most effective offensive players in Major League Soccer,” General Manager Dennis te Kloese said.
Pavón, a 23-year-old Argentinian, was once a highly sought after prospect. He had several opportunities to head to Europe to play with some of the biggest clubs in the world. Over the course of the last few months, though, it appeared that the forward had fallen out of favor at La Bombonera.
Since his debut for the Argentine club, Boca Juniors, Pavón has scored 32 league goals while assisting on 39 others. He is also thriving in the international set up, appearing in the 2016 Olympic squad, as well as in last year’s FIFA World Cup. Because of that reason, and with Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s influence, the Galaxy are getting one of South America’s best youngsters.
Galaxy roster moves
However, the Galaxy had to make some moves in order to get the deal done.
First, they sent Emmanuel Boateng, who spent three-plus seasons with the club, to D.C. United for $250,000 in Target Allocation Money. Then, later in the day, LA completed a trade with Orlando City, where they acquired $136,220 in General Allocation Money.
The new signing, however, may not be available to play against D.C. United on Sunday at 4:30 PM PST on Fox Sports 1. Pavón is still awaiting his International Transfer Certificate and his P-1 Visa.