LA Galaxy liked what they saw from Argentine forward Cristian Pavon since he joined the club in 2019. But apparently not enough to pay $20 million and bring him in on a permanent transfer.
Pavon came to Galaxy from Boca Juniors on a two-year loan deal that includes a purchase option worth $20 million after the 2020 season. The MLS side is interested in keeping the 24-year-old forward but, according to Argentinian media outlet TyC Sports, wants to re-negotiate and lower the price.
Reportedly, Galaxy already informed Boca about their decision and are willing to let Pavon return to Argentina if they can’t reach a deal.
Boca, on the other hand, is believed to have a firm stance on Pavon’s price and will not budge. The team is looking to include the player in their squad as soon as the MLS season ends and believe he could be a valuable addition in this year’s Copa Libertadores campaign.
Cristian Pavon was an important player for Galaxy in the past two seasons and had a respectable production when on the field. He made 29 MLS appearances so far and has 10 goals and 15 assists to show for.
Galaxy most likely believes that these are not the numbers that would justify paying $20 million, as the price tag would make Pavon the most expensive player in MLS history. Another possible reason for the club’s reluctance to spend that much money on a single transfer are team’s disappointing performances in 2020 that might result in several changes, including that on the head coaching position.