Who is Gabriel ‘El Toro’ Fernandez, the striker targeted by Pumas?
Pumas are keen to sign Uruguayan forward Fernández, 29, who has been on loan at fellow Liga MX club Juárez.
Pumas haven’t yet completed their transfer business ahead of the Apertura 2023 tournament. Having signed the Brazilian defender Nathan Silva this week, the Liga MX club could now also bring in the Uruguayan striker Gabriel ‘El Toro’ Fernández.
Pumas head coach Antonio Mohamed is thought to be keen on the 29-year-old, who has spent the last two years in Mexico.
Fernández nets 12 times in Juárez loan spell
In 2021, Fernández joined FC Juárez on loan from Spanish LaLiga club Celta Vigo, scoring 12 goals and supplying seven assists in 47 games for Los Bravos.
The player was signed by Celta from Peñarol in 2019, but has managed only 22 appearances for the Galicians. He spent the 2020/21 season out on loan at Spanish second-division club Real Zaragoza.
What kind of player is Fernández?
Fernández is a striker whose height - he is 6ft 1in tall - makes him an effective aerial presence. This is an attribute that could see him gel well with Pumas forward Juan Ignacio Dinenno.
The potential Pumas signing, who has also had spells at Racing Club, Defensor Sporting and Cerro Largo in his native Uruguay, tends to operate centrally but can also drift out to the wings if need be.
Pumas prepare for Tijuana opener
Pumas, who have failed to reach the postseason in the last two Liga MX tournaments, kick off their Apertura 2023 campaign away to Tijuana on 30 June.