Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bid war? Crew SC are not alone in interest for Jhon Murillo but may have best offer.

This article states that AC Omonia of the Cypriot First Division and it's manager Pampos Christodoulou want Jhon Murillo as well.
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Omonia crest and atmosphere

AC Omonia have won the Cypriot First Division the most (20 times) after APOEL (26) who are always present in the UEFA Champions League in recent history.

Other possible bidders include Estoril of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, known as Liga NOS that Murillo's employers Benfica belong to and were champions of this season again.

In addition, two weeks prior Rio Ave of the same Portuguese Primeira were poking their heads about on Murillo too.

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Estoril crest and atmosphere

Therefore, with perhaps multiple suitors for Murillo; Benfica may try to position for a bid war.

Last week it was stated that Columbus Crew's offer was rejected. Today it was stated that it may be still up for some debate until next week. Link.

It was mentioned that the Crew SC offer was in the $3 million range

It seems that all other suitors have offered just to be the new alternative loan destination for the player who will not continue on loan at Tondela. 

Crew SC wants to in contrast and rather in a good surprisingly buy Murillo outright. 

We are the lady on the mountain if that were to occur

Which is interesting if you consider we have one loannee on our roster in Artur currently and a loan move is better currently financially. 

What differs this time?

The other Portuguese clubs cannot likely compete with us for Murillo. Tondela, where Murillo plays now, wants to keep the player on loan but already knows that that is unlikely. 

Whereas Estoril only has an attendance capacity of 8,000 and Rio Ave is at 12,820 so I figure it's unlikely that they are able to compete with a $3 million offer. 

There is quite a drop off between Benfica, FC Porto, Sporting CP and Estoril and Rio Ave.

Rio Ave finished 33 points behind Benfica in 7th. Estoril finished 44 points behind in 10th.

Tondela, where Murillo started last two seasons, finished 50 points behind Benfica in 16th.

AC Omonia on the other hand may compete.

Cyprus could be a little island but APOEL has been in the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals. 

AC Omonia has a capacity of 22,859 and usually sells it out.

So, figure Benfica is just seeing if AC Omonia or someone else can compete or outbid.

Yet, then again Benfica owns Murillo currently until 2020 so may just have an interest in a better loan deal and team for the player, not an outright and complete purchase of the player. 

Cyprus only plays a 26 game schedule, whereas MLS plays a 34 game schedule which is the same as Portugal's Primeira

We will see. If that's the stumbling block. I'm sure Columbus could have an interest in having Murillo for the rest of this season with an option to buy later.

Why not?


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