Guido Pizarro’s short stint in Europe has come to an end with former club Tigres stumping up €8.7 million to bring the combative midfielder back to the Estadio Universitario.
The 28-year-old spent four years in Mexico prior to joining Sevilla last year but after struggling to break into the starting eleven, Pizarro heads back to a club where he enjoyed far greater success.
Winning two Liga MX titles and a Copa MX, Pizarro was a firm favourite in Monterrey and had established himself as the best central midfielder in Mexico before Sevilla swooped.
24 appearances in LaLiga but only seven starts last season made Pizarro surplus to requirements and despite Celta Vigo and Boca Juniors being linked, Tigres have agreed a deal with Sevilla.
Sevilla were looking to recoup the €8 million paid last year and with a figure in the region of €8.7 million agreed all that is left is for Pizarro is to complete a medical.
El Conde vuelve a casa!!!!
–@TigresOficial y @SevillaFC han llegado a un acuerdo para el regreso de @guido19pizarro a la Liga MX. El jugador estará llegando a Monterrey en los próximos días para someterse a exámenes médicos. pic.twitter.com/aYivPPPul3
— Club Tigres Oficial (@TigresOficial) June 7, 2018
Pizarro was included in Jorge Sampaoli’s initial 35-man World Cup squad and given Argentina’s lack of options in defensive midfield, the Albiceleste may yet regret not taking the former Lanús star.
However, there is more to Pizarro’s game than just midfield destroyer and Tigres are well aware of the more rounded midfielder they are acquiring.
A good ball winner, El Conde also brings with it an energy that sees him break forward from deep and join the attack. Tigres saw this as they lifted those Liga MX titles and came so close to making history when with Pizarro in midfield they lost to River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.
In truth perhaps Pizarro’s move to Europe came a little too late.
After making his Lanús debut as a 19-year-old in 2009, Pizarro developed into a vital part of the side, during a period of great success for the club. El Granate had won their first Primera title the previous year but in the four that Pizarro featured, Lanús were able to cement themselves as Copa Libertadores regulars and title contenders.
A proposed transfer to Fiorentina only fell through due to paper work issues but in truth Pizarro was ready for Europe at that time. Tigres were the beneficiaries and while the rangy midfielder’s hopes of playing in Europe are seriously diminished now, manager Ricardo Ferretti has an outstanding foundation to build around.