Chivas confirm interest in Corona, Salcido

Posted by Tom Marshall

Juan Fernandez/Getty ImagesChivas target Carlos Salcido could be returning to the club where he started his professional career.

The promise of big name players arriving at Chivas this offseason inched closer on Monday, with coach Jose Luis "Guero" Real indicating that Mexican internationals Carlos Salcido and Jesus Corona are on the club's winter shopping list.

"The list of possible new signings for Chivas is very long," Real said in a news conference. "Today (Monday) we could conclude an important signing for Chivas."

That new signing could be Chivas youth academy product and former Fulham defender Salcido, whose Tigres team crashed out of the Apertura 2013 at the quarterfinal stage after drawing 1-1 on Sunday in the Estadio Azteca against America.

"We've tried (to sign him) since he came back from Europe, I've spoken to him," said Real, stressing that Salcido's versatility would be a major plus. "Now we're waiting to see if his return is finalized."

The fact that Real seemed to speak with such confidence, coupled with the steady rumors of Salcido's return since Chivas' Apertura ended prematurely, seems to suggest that the 33-year-old could be charged with inserting some steel and leadership into the Chivas defense next season.

Perhaps more surprising was Real confirming interest in Mexico national team goalkeeper Corona, although the possibility that Chivas had something up their sleeve became apparent when Luis Michel was named on the transfer list last week.

"There is interest in reinforcing the goalkeeper position," said Real. "Corona, Cirilo (Saucedo of Tijuana) and another player (are) the candidates for Chivas.

"I've known Jesus Corona since he was a kid and I know that if he comes, he will perform like Oswaldo (Sanchez) or Michel did in net," he added.

Corona's father told Objectivo Estadio on Monday that the 33-year-old Guadalajara native would be open to returning to the club where he acted as understudy to Sanchez in 2005.

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