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War could call off Luis Chávez’s move from Pachuca to Europe

Mexico international Chávez has agreed to join Dynamo Moscow but may have to bide his time to leave Liga MX.

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Luis Chávez durante un partido con la Selección Mexicana en la Nations League.
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Luis Chávez announced himself to the world when he scored a free-kick for Mexico against Saudi Arabia at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It was only a matter of time until he had offers on the table European clubs and it appeared as if he was all set to move to Russian side Dynamo Moscow. However, the transfer could fall through due to the club’s financial constraints.

Rubén Rodríguez of Fox Sports has explained the fact the United States has immobilised Russian central bank assets stateside, as a result of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, is a significant obstacle preventing Chávez from leaving Pachuca for Moscow.

US banks won’t accept Dynamo Moscow money for Chávez

“Luis Chávez’s transfer looked set to be finalised yesterday, with the player about to arrive in Russia. But there is a real danger of it being called off because of where the money (reportedly $7 million) is coming from. Banks in the United States won’t accept money from Russia, that’s the issue”, revealed Rodríguez.

War could call off Luis Chávez’s move from Pachuca to Europe
Luis Chávez

Various “problems” with moving to Russia

The midfielder has already agreed to sign for Dynamo, although his agent is believed to be in favour of him waiting for offers from clubs in different countries because of the current political situation in Russia.

“Chávez is stubborn, he’s determined to go to Europe, to play in Europe and he doesn’t care. The problem is that those around him are trying to talk him out of it: “stay calm, let’s see what’s happening’”. It is a league that could be forced to stop at any moment and a league in which you might not end up getting the money that you were promised”, Rodríguez continued.

Chávez’s free-kick expertise

The 27-year-old repeated his World Cup heroics by scoring another free kick in the Gold Cup semi-final against Jamaica, helping El Tri progress to the final against Panama, which they won by a Santi Giménez goal to nil.