It might be four years later than expected but Guido Pizarro finally looks set to seal a move to Europe with Sevilla announcing that the midfielder is en route to Andalusia for a medical.
The 27-year-old is likely to complete the move on Monday after Sevilla met the reported $6 million release clause in his Tigres deal.
The Spanish club said on their website: “Tigres’ Argentine central midfielder Guido Pizarro will travel to Sevilla to undergo his medical examination.
“Should his contract be confirmed with Sevilla, he will make the leap to European football after his successful periods at Lanús and Tigres.”
Guido Pizarro viaja a Sevilla para pasar las pruebas médicas
— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) July 8, 2017
Successes they certainly have been with Pizarro racking up over 100 appearances for Lanús and establishing himself as one of the most promising young players in Argentina between 2009 and 2013 before a transfer to Liga MX club Tigres. European interest at the time was intense but it was the ambitious mexican club that snatched the central midfielder.
Since then Tigres have won two Liga MX titles and the Copa MX in addition to finishing runners-up in the Copa Libertadores and the CONCACAF Champions League.
Pizarro has been central to the club’s period of success and under Edgardo Bauza made his full international debut. A move to Jorge Sampaoli’s former employers, Sevilla, working under fellow Argentine Eduardo Berizzo, should increase the 27-year-old’s chances of breaking back into the Albiceleste side.
Berizzo has moved swiftly to replace Vicente Iborra, who was sold to Leicester City this week, and Tigres look set to do likewise with the capture of Chilean international Gary Medel, removing two of Boca Juniors’ transfer targets.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto has been keen to add Pizarro to his title winning squad at La Bombonera, having worked together at Lanús.