“The Cristian Pavón situation is not under our control” - Greg Vanney
The Los Angeles Galaxy is continuing to negotiate with Boca Juniors to sign Cristian Pavón ahead of the start of the 2021 Major League Soccer season.
Cristian Pavón arrived at the Los Angeles Galaxy on loan from Boca Juniors in 2019 and he made a quick impact in the league, right from his first game. The 25-year-old spent two seasons in Major League Soccer scoring 14 goals and 8 assists in 35 regular season and playoffs appearances.
During the 2019 MLS season Pavón and Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped the LA Galaxy return to the playoffs for the first time in three years. In the 2020 campaign the team didn't make it to the playoffs and after the end of the regular season he returned to Boca Juniors and the MLS side started negotiations to make the move permanent.
Uncertain future for Pavón
For months the future of Pavón has been uncertain because Boca Juniors is asking nearly $20 million for his transfer and he is still under contract. The LA Galaxy is not willing to pay that amount, in part because they were badly hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic last year.
The 25-year-old has been in Argentina since January and training with the team as he recovers from ankle surgery. The manager of the Galaxy Greg Vanney was asked about Pavón and he was clear: ‘it is not under our control.’
“I don’t know what conversations have been going on with Boca Juniors, but for us the Cristian Pavón situation is not under our control. Having said that we need to continue to move forward as a club, but that doesn’t take Cristian out of our plans in the near future. We will see how things continue to progress, but regardless I am preparing the team for this season,” said Vanney.