Santos are negotiating the return on loan of Venezuelan attacking midfielder Yeferson Soteldo, who belongs to the Tigres, from Mexico. Talks are ongoing and have intensified in recent days. Peixe would be responsible for the player’s salary.
One of the factors that would “facilitate” the negotiation is the arrival of Brazilian defender Samir, from Watford-ING. The Mexican team need to open up a place as a foreigner and Peixe’s former number 10 has been ‘chosen’ to leave.
Soteldo arrived in Peixe in 2019 from Huachipato-CHI and shone in the Santos shirt until April 2021. The player’s time at the club was marred by debts and instances of indiscipline. Santos bought 50% of the rights to Venezuelan striker Soteldo in 2019 but never paid the Chilean club, resulting in a transfer ban.
The player was sold by Santos to Toronto for US$6 million (around 33 million reais), but the amount Peixe would be entitled to was passed on to Huachipato, from Chile, due to the debt for the purchase of the player . Alvinegro still had to pay US$500,000 to the Chilean club to settle the debts at the time.
Problems in Canada and arrival in Mexican football
Dissatisfied with the Canadian team, Soteldo signed with Tigres-MEX for four more seasons. So far he has played 19 games, 1 goal and 1 assist. With the shirt of Alvinegro Praiano, the 10 of the Venezuelan team played for two seasons. There were 104 matches and 20 goals scored.
Recently, the player spoke in an interview with Mexico’s Grupo Reforma about a return to Peixe. Before signing with Tigre, he was considered at São Paulo and Flamengo, but signed with the Mexican side for four seasons.
– Santos means a lot to me. Because I lived incredible moments, sad moments and I will always remember this team as my second home. The truth is that I can’t say much about this team, wearing the number 10 shirt… all of that was important to me. Everyone’s affection is admirable. I think talking about Santos is talking about a love that’s super hard to overcome. As I always say, one day after making history here, I will return one day – said Soteldo.7
Rueda arrived vetoed the player’s arrival at another time
President Andres Rueda, speaking to Santoscast, even said he has no interest in bringing the player back to Vila Belmiro for ‘behavioural’ reasons.
– Now that Soteldo has a team, I feel even more comfortable talking. People know the outside, not the inside. The CG does not enter into sporting merit, but behavioral. Personally, I didn’t want Soteldo in Santos, no matter why. I don’t think his profile… It’s more than his dribbling and what he does on the pitch and needs to be analyzed – Rueda told Santoscast.
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