Jonathan David isn’t the only Canadian striker on several clubs’ shopping list this summer.
It’s easy to see why La Liga clubs want Cyle Larin to stay in the Spanish top flight after the impact he made at Real Valladolid, despite the Blanquivioletas’ heartbreaking relegation on the final day of the 2022/23 season.
RCD Mallorca have been linked with ‘The Brampton Benzema’ — a phenomenal nickname originally coined by Canadian Soccer Daily managing editor Tom Nightingale — and according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Mallorca are willing to up their bid to €7 million ($10.2 million CAD).
Mallorca reportedly submitted an initial bid of €5 million and then a second for €6 million, which was again rejected. It’s still early in the transfer window and Valladolid are likely to hold out for a better offer, and perhaps even a bidding war as the transfer deadline grows near. Valencia, Real Betis, Osasuna, Real Mallorca, Cádiz, Celta Vigo, and Getafe have also been linked with Larin this summer.
The Brazilian Ronaldo-owned club paid just €1.5 million to land the Canadian on loan in January. Larin reportedly has a buyout clause of €40 million, which would be 26 times the price Valladolid paid just seven months ago. It would be surprising if any club met that valuation, but it would be more surprising if Larin didn’t leave Valladolid this summer. A transfer fee between €15 million to €25 million is much more likely, based on the current market.
Larin joined Real Valladolid on loan from Club Brugge in January, after surprisingly failing to get real opportunities with the Belgian giants. In Spain, Larin scored eight goals and added three assists in 19 games. The man averaged a goal every 184 minutes and was absolutely prolific. It is actually shocking that Valladolid were relegated, but proof that one man can not do it all in football.
This is one Canadian transfer saga that is likely to continue through the end of July. Check the ticker for the latest.