A Return to La Liga for Cucho?

The Columbus Crew striker has made waves in MLS since his arrival in 2022. He has got the attention of clubs in Europe, but is a transfer imminent?
Los Angeles Football Club v Columbus Crew - 2023 MLS Cup
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Reports emerged this week that La Liga clubs were vying for Cucho Hernández’s signature. The talented forward had caught the eye of scouts across Spain due to his impressive performance in with the Columbus Crew of late.

The report suggested that Premier League teams and teams in Spain were interested, however, the Crew were quick to reject the advances.

Columbus Crew’s Record Signing

It took club record deal to secure the services of the talented winger/striker for the Columbus Crew. The transfer fee of $10 million shattered previous records of $8 million for Crew legend Lucas Zelarayan, who arrived from Tigres. Cucho’s arrival injected fresh energy into the team and fans were not disappointed with what he brought on the pitch.

Immediate Impact

Since joining the Crew, Cucho Hernández has made an immediate impact. Here are some key stats from his time in MLS:

  • Goals: Cucho has found the back of the net 25 times in just 43 appearances for the Crew.
  • Assists: Alongside his goal-scoring prowess, he has provided 14 assists, including 11 in 2023.
  • Playing Style: Cucho primarily operates as a striker, but his versatility allows him to play across the attacking front.

Future Fee

Team President Tim Bezbatchenko knows what he has in Cucho and will likely not let him without collecting a pretty penny. To understand what Cucho might be worth lets look at the most recent MLS transfers of high caliber players.

Atlanta sold Miguel Almiron for $26 million at 24 years old to Premier League side Newcastle. FC Dallas sold Ricardo Pepi for $20 million at 19 yers old to FC Augsburg in the German Bundesliga. And Atlanta United sold a 26 year old Pity Martinez to Al Nassr in the Saudi Professional League for a whopping $18 million.

Given this recent history and Cuchos performance and age, the Crew could expect a fee of around $20 million for the Columbian International.

For now, Crew fans can breath easy as their star striker is staying right here in Columbus!