25-year old goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa, who is widely considered to be the best keeper not playing his club football in Europe, might finally be making the move over to this side of the Atlantic this month.
Ochoa officially took a trip to Fulham last month to speak with Mark Hughes and train with his Fulham squad. However, there was nothing formal between the Cottagers and his club side America back then, with the clubs president’s response to Ochoa’s wish to train with Fulham being;
‘You’re on your vacation, you can go anyway.’
It now appears that Fulham see the former Arsenal and Everton target as their long term successor to 38-year old Mark Schwarzer. This is an interesting decision due to the form of David Stockdale, both when Schwarzer was injured earlier in the season and now he has left for the Asian Cup.
However, there is no doubting Ochoa’s quality, as the new Mexican number one has been highly touted for several years. The biggest stumbling block in Fulham’s pursuit of Ochoa will be the £7M price tag that America have placed on his head.
Despite this, Ochoa’s contract is up in the summer and his agent, who is part of the ‘just football’ agency that has Diego Forlan and Benoit Assou-Ekotto on their books, has been desperate to take Ochoa to Europe for years.
As a result, with decent negotiation and the threat of him leaving for nothing in the summer, Fulham may well be able to get their man at a price they can afford.
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