Univision Deportes is reporting that the Timbers have made an offer of $10m to Mexican side Tigres for Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle has also reported that an offer has been made, but is yet to be finalized. Sam Stejskal has also weighed in to ‘confirm’ the rumors.
I'm also told that the deal to bring Eduardo Vargas to Portland isn't finalized. #RCTID— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) February 13, 2019
Vargas, 29, is a seasoned international with 35 goals and 82 caps for Chile. He did not play in Tigres’ match this last weekend, reportedly due to injury.
This will be the second time this offseason that the Timbers have reportedly tried to make a deal with Tigres, having gone after Julian Quiñones earlier this winter. Perhaps that deal having fallen through is part of the reason why the reported transfer fee is so high relative to Vargas’ perceived market value.
These reports have all surfaced in a rapid fire fashion, but coming from multiple sources like this, likely have a solid foundation. We will keep this story updated as things develop further.