Monterrey's $10 million bid for Orbelín Pineda

Interest has risen in the past couple of days to bring the midfield back to Mexico after a five year stint in Europe.
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Fox Sports MX reported that Los Rayados has offered $10 million for the services of the 28-year-old midfielder.

Pineda started his career with Querétaro before joining Chivas in 2016. Two seasons later the player moved from Guadalajara to Mexico City to sign for Cruz Azul for €10.5 million, the move was the second biggest in the club's history, only behind Jonathan Rodríguez's from Santos Laguna in 2018.

In 2021, Pineda became the next in a long line of Mexicans to make the switch to Europe. Signing for La Liga outfit Celta Viga. Featuring seven times in the 2021/22 campaign, he failed to make an impression and was loaned out to Greece to play for AEK Athens. Fifteen goal involvements in thirty-five games later and it was enough for Athens to pull the trigger to turn his loan deal into a permanent one.

The deal to keep him in the Greek capital was worth €6.5 million, but he failed to reach the heights of the season prior, with just four goal involvements.

Now, Pineda is on the end of fierce Liga MX interest. Monterrey leads the race, having placed a $10 million bid. If he joins Los Rayados, he will join Óliver Torres, who moved to north Mexico from Sevilla and former Real Madrid playmaker Sergio Canales. The club are expected to lose Luis Romo this summer, who is expected to sign for Al-Qadsiah, joining fellow Mexican international Julián Quiñones. Additionally, Jordi Cortizo is in talks for a move to Chivas with Los Rojiblancos submitting a $7 million bid for the young Mexican midfielder.

Pineda is currently with the Mexican national team on international duty at the Copa América, if he does complete a move to return to Mexican football, he will sign the contract after his involvement in the United States, which could be as early as Sunday 30th June, if Mexico fail to get a result against Ecuador.