Transfer Rumors: 5 Mexican Stars That Could Sign with European Clubs This Summer

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2012

Transfer Rumors: 5 Mexican Stars That Could Sign with European Clubs This Summer

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    Mexico is not a country that exports many footballers, but that does not mean that the players do not have the skills to play in Europe. Before the transfer window shuts, several squads are taking a look at what some Mexicans can offer.

    At the London Olympics El Tri displayed a new generation of players. They proved to have the resources required to play in England, Spain, Germany and Italy.

    There are others that despite not being youngsters can also be a valuable asset to these clubs.

    Let's take a look to five Mexican stars that may leave the country soon.

Marco Fabián De La Mora

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    He currently plays for Chivas de Guadalajara, the same club where Javier Chicharito Hernández spent his days in Mexican football.

    Marco Fabián was a cornerstone in the under-23 squad that won the CONCACAF Pre-Olympic Tournament, the Toulon Tournament and the 2012 Olympic Games.

    He is very fast and can play as a striker or a winger. Some of Fabián's best qualities are ball control and accuracy, both shooting and passing.

    The 22-year-old said during the Toulon Tournament that several English clubs were interested in him, then Manchester United included him in May's rumors list, published online.

    His skills can suit well to English football, especially because he's an unbalancing player.

Hiram Mier

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    Hiram Mier is the heart of Monterrey's defense. This center-back is strong and makes intelligent decisions in pressure moments.

    He is 22 years old and has been playing in the Mexican tournament since 2010. Mier set himself as a leader of the under-23 team; he was the captain before Luis Fernando Tena capped the overage goalkeeper José de Jesús Corona.

    Hiram has a fantastic ball touch, especially when it comes to long passes. In 2011, All Footballers website linked him to Greece’s Olympiakos and Netherland’s PSV Eindhoven and Ajax.

    The rumors grew stronger after El Tri knocked out Japan from the Olympics. Fórmula Deportiva, a Mexican radio sports program, stated that Mier was close to signing with an English or Italian club.

Héctor Herrera

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    Manchester United has already made an offer for Héctor Herrera, a strong midfielder that currently plays for Pachuca.

    Andrés Fassi, the club's Sports Director, told ESPN Mexico that the Red Devils have already asked for the 22-year-old player, while the Daily Mail assures that Liverpool is also interested in him.

    However, the player said to ESPN's Raza Deportiva that he didn't know about the matter, but that if the negotiation is successful he would love to move as soon as possible.

    Herrera was named Best Player of the 2012 Toulon Tournament due to his elegant ball touch and control. Héctor makes long runs through the center of the pitch and then distributes the ball to the strikers or the wingers to create scoring options.

Oribe Peralta

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    Oribe Peralta is not a youngster anymore; oddly his career is starting to bloom. The Santos Laguna striker became a key figure for his team in 2011.

    At age 28, Peralta has a powerful long distance shot as well as a superb header. He was one of Mexico's overage players at London 2012 and the gold-medal match hero, as he scored twice.

    During the Olympics, Oribe confessed that he would love to follow Chicharito's steps and play for Manchester United.

    Finally two European clubs seem to be considering him. According to Wolfsburger Allgemeine, VfL Wolfsburg is interested in him because Patrick Hemles suffered a ligament injury.

    The other squad is Deportivo La Coruña, according to La Liga's official website. Peralta is on the radar.

Javier Aquino

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    Javier Aquino proved to be one of the most skilled footballers of the Olympic tournament. He scored once against Senegal, but his real assets are his speed, ball control and strength.

    Aquino has been linked to Udinese; the negotiations started before London 2012, according to Tribal Football.

    The Cruz Azul winger made quite an impression, especially for his calmness in pressure moments. He is a very intelligent footballer and an accurate passer.