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Monterrey’s Rogelio Funes Mori and Maxi Meza are on Gremio’s transfer target list

The Monterrey duo are said to both be on Gremio’s wishlist, as the club look to replace their current forward options.

Rogelio Funes Mori y Maximiliano Meza festejan un gol con los Rayados de Monterrey.
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Ahead of 2024, Gremio are on the hunt for additions to their squad and have their telescope locked on Liga MX side CF Monterrey, with Rogelio Funes Mori and Maxi Meza in their sights.

Two two players are attracting attention after their positive form in Liga MX, which has so far seen Monterrey sit in 8th place in the standings, just 2 points off the top 4.

Could a deal happen for the pair to move to Gremio?

In a word: yes. The two players both finish their contracts relatively soon, with Meza’s deal set to end at the end of this year. Funes Mori, on the other hand, has a contract that runs until the middle of next year, but in football that is not a long time and the fact that there are merely months remaining on both players’ deals only adds to the possibility of a potential deal going through.

As well as the curious contractual situation, despite the fact that they are players who have performed well at the club, they are not key figures in the plans nor for the fanbase, who have never quite been convinced by the duo in the blue and white stripes of Monterrey.

How much would Gremio pay for Funes Mori and Maxi Meza?

According to information from Talis Andrey, a journalist from Gremio News, Rayados are said to be asking for a fee of around $2 million for Rogelio Funes Mori, a price that is very much within reach for the Brazilian club. AS understands that the profile of Funes Mori convinces those at Gremio, especially given the pending exit of Luis Suárez, who will look to leave the South American outfit as soon as he can.

As for Meza, a fee would not be needed as he is coming to the end of his contract, something the club are well aware of, meaning that only personal terms would need to be negotiated by the club and 30-year-old.

Rogelio Funes Mori has been in fantastic form for Monterrey.
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Rogelio Funes Mori has been in fantastic form for Monterrey.Miguel SierraEFE

Rogelio Funes Mori wants to play for Mexico

Rogelio Funes Mori has recently expressed his desire to play again for the Mexican National Team: “I am eligible for selection”, he said when asked about a potential call up to El Tri, “I continue to train, I keep on doing things so that at some point [I can get a call up]. You never know what could happen, I still want to be in the [Mexican] National Team, said the attacker. “I always work hard to to do the best for myself, he said, “to be in good form, sometimes when things don’t go right, I don’t beat myself up about it”.

“Obviously hard work has rewards, sooner or later, so I always work hard to do the right thing, to keep on growing”, he said.