Chivas rumor mill grinds into overdrive

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Misael Montano/Getty ImagesCurrent Santos defender Ivan Estrada could be on his way to Chivas this summer.

It is no secret that Chivas are looking to rejuvenate the ailing squad that finished the Clausura season in a miserable 17th position. Sporting director Dennis te Kloese said as much even before the regular season ended.

Now with the Clausura playoffs at the semifinal stage and the June 5 player draft in Cancun creeping up, the club is working hard behind the scenes on getting deals in place to strengthen ahead of next season's Apertura 2013.

First of all, te Kloese has stated that Omar Esparza (who was on loan at San Luis) and Antonio Gallardo (on loan at Queretaro) are very likely to return to the club. While the duo will offer more depth to the squad, fans hope for it is just the start of the team's offseason transfer activity.

Of the potential newcomers, one of the first names to be mentioned was Leon midfielder Luis Montes, who ESPN's John Sutcliffe wrote, could be an option for the Rebano Sagrado, although the Guanajuato club's president Jesus Martinez seemed to slam the door shut on such suggestions.

"It is unlikely that he will move to a Mexican club," Martinez told ESPN's Rene Tovar, adding that it would take a huge offer, or "(Marco) Fabian and 10 more (players)".

The likelihood of another purported target from Leon, Carlos "Gullit" Pena, joining is also slim, with his price reported to be around the $6 million USD mark.

At the fullback positions, Sergio "Cherokee" Perez looks to be on his way out, with Santos Laguna right back Ivan "Guty" Estrada telling TDW that the idea of playing for Chivas appeals to him. It's definitely one to keep an eye on when Santos' season ends, although the Torreon club will likely drive a hard bargain, with Estrada on the brink of the national team.

El Informador reported Tuesday that only the formalities are missing for 24-year-old Nestor Vidrio to put pen to paper and join Chivas. The agreement with Pachuca for the center back/right back is already in place, according to the same source, and the Olympic gold medal winner is open to the move.

Guadalajara native and former Atlas player Vidrio saw little playing time for the Tuzos during the Clausura.

Other names doing the rounds on social networks include Tigres striker Alan Pulido, teammate Israel Jimenez, Cruz Azul duo Javier Orozco and Nestor Araujo and even former Chivas player Carlos Salcido.

Yes, the silly season has officially begun and it should be an extremely interesting one for Chivas fans.

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