Would he arrive in MLS? Would he go to Europe? There were many questions surrounding Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon, who had fallen out of favor at the club less than a year after representing Argentina at the 2018 World Cup. In the end, his destination is the city of Angels.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Galaxy agreed to a deal to sign the player from Boca Juniors on loan with a buy option, sources told CBS Sports. On Thursday, the move was made official.
It was an intense back-and-forth negotiation that saw Pavon, 23, arrive in Los Angeles on Sunday morning from Buenos Aires. He joins forces with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a move that could push the team over the top in pursuit of the MLS Cup title. Sources told CBS Sports that the club is trying to get everything situated for him to make his debut this Sunday against D.C. United. You can see that game at 7:30 p.m. ET on fuboTV (Try for free).
The move is a loan with an option to buy that one source described as “really high,” adding that it is still potentially payable if he plays well. The expectation is that the buy clause would be a transfer record for MLS, surpassing the $15 million Atlanta United paid River Plate for Pity Martinez.
“Cristian is a young and dynamic attacking addition who has the talent to be one of the most effective offensive players in Major League Soccer,” LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese, said in a release. “He is a high-caliber player who will be a valuable piece to our roster moving forward. By providing him with a stable environment and a coach he knows well, we are confident that he can continue to grow and improve as a player within our club. We are extremely excited to add him to our squad and look forward to his contributions with the LA Galaxy.”
The Galaxy are in fifth place in the Western Conference with 37 points, just a point behind second place. The team is 12-1-10. Only three teams in the west have lost more games than the Galaxy, but L.A’.s 12 wins are the second most in the league.