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Santos makes deal by sending Muñoz to Newcastle


Liga MX transfer news: Nicolás Benedetti’s transfer from America to Mazatlán FC has been suspended. (Photo by Hector Vivas / Getty Images)

Teen striker Santiago Muñoz finally made his wish come true while Santos Laguna has entered into an 18-month loan deal with Newcastle which overtakes Magpies fans.

El Paso, Texas, native made his La Liga MX debut less than a year ago (October 25, 2020), but quickly became a regular part of Guillermo Almada’s rotation last season. At 18 (Muñoz turned 19 on August 14), the agile striker scored 3 goals and had 3 assists in 11 starts, helping the Guerreros reach the La Liga MX final where they lost to Cruz Azul.

Muñoz has not made an appearance with the Guerreros this season as he pushed for a move to Europe (there have been reports of interest from Belgium where his compatriot Santos alum Gerardo Arteaga plays for Genk). In fact, coach Almada sent him to the academy squad during training camp after determining that Muñoz “was not focused on football”.

Join the Geordies

On the end of the transfer to Toon, many titles have focused on the similarities with the 2005 film “Objectif! The dream begins.

The protagonist of the film is a young Mexican named Santiago Munez who signs with Newcastle United and helps them qualify for the UEFA Champions League in his first season.

The real story won’t play out that way as Muñoz will join the Newcastle academy squad as the Magpies fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Muñoz follows JJ Macías moving from La Liga MX to Europe this summer, and in a comparable way. Macías effectively forced his move to Getafe in Spain after being criticized that his desire to play abroad affected his performance. The difference, however, is that the former Chivas player would have sulked for an entire season so Guadalajara players would have been relieved when he left.

In other news from La Liga MX …

América has suspended the sale of Nicolás Benedetti to Mazatlán FC as club officials rush to fill the remaining “foreign” spots. La Liga MX regulations allow 10 “foreigners” on each team’s matchday list.

One of America’s “foreign” spots opened last week when Ecuadorian winger Renato Ibarra suffered a season-ending injury. Benedetti is a Colombian, so the Aguilas would have two vacant ‘foreign’ spots if the midfielder playmaker was traded.

The Aguilas were in talks with an anonymous target (a Spanish winger), but the deal fell through when his wife rejected the idea of ​​moving to Mexico. A second transfer target in Spain – Venezuelan winger Darwin Machís (Granada) – is treating an injury that put the deal in limbo.

If America is unable to finalize a transfer, Benedetti will stay with the Aguilas.

It would be a tough turn for Mazatlán as he hoped “El Poeta” would help lead the Cañoneros to the La Liga MX qualifiers. Benedetti is a smart playmaker who could have helped spark Mazatlán’s attack, despite being injury prone since joining La Liga MX in January 2019.


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