Mexico internationals Chicharito, Damm, Jimenez could be on the move
The Confederations Cup coincided with a couple of surprising moves for Mexicans, with Carlos Salcedo signing for Eintracht Frankfurt, Hirving Lozano joining PSV Eindhoven and Hector Moreno moving to Roma in the middle of the tournament.
But with the World Cup warm-up tournament over and the transfer window in Europe very much open, the rumor mill has been ratcheted up further. Andres Guardado is set to be announced shortly by Real Betis and there is a good chance there will be other movement in the days and weeks to come.
Here's a rundown of what we could expect:
West Ham United have been the front-runner to pry away the 29-year-old striker from Bayer Leverkusen, who reportedly want €15 million -- not far off double what Bayer paid for the Mexican -- to let him leave with one year left on his contract. The Hammers are in the market for a goalscorer and there aren't many around with Chicharito's Premier League pedigree.
Lyon were linked to Hernandez at the end of last season and, now that Alexandre Lacazette has moved for big money to Arsenal, the interest appears to have been reignited. A source with knowledge of Hernandez's situation told ESPN FC that Lyon still are in the mix and keen on bringing in the Mexican as Lacazette's replacement.
The interested parties in Europe are circling and winger Damm is closer than ever to fulfilling his dream of playing there, according to a well-placed source. A crucial next week will ensue after the player's short post-Confederations Cup vacation comes to an end.
West Ham have been put off by Tigres' high asking price, but there remains interest from two Bundesliga clubs, as well as one Serie A outfit. The Italian side is, according to the source, offering the best deal, although it depends on Tigres accepting a figure that could be less than the $8m they paid Pachuca for the German passport holder in the summer of 2015.
The potential signing of Enner Valencia from West Ham could smooth over Damm's potential exit.
Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay admitted Thursday that offers have come in for Vela, but said the club is "calm" about the forward's future.
MLS, Marseille, Lyon and Roma have been linked, though Vela is said to be keen to see out his contract with Real Sociedad. Mundo Deportivo reported that nothing will be definitively decided about his future until the player returns from his vacation and meets Aperribay at the end of the month.
Reports in England and Portugal have linked Jimenez with a sensational move from Benfica to Everton in a deal worth €45m, which would break the transfer record for a Mexican player. If Everton sell Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, it would be in need of a striker and have money to spend.
The full-back was largely shut out at Porto last season, but may have increased opportunity with Sergio Conceicao now in charge, although a move also is a possibility.
With his contract run down at Malaga, he is a free agent and shouldn't be short of offers after a good Confederations Cup. Las Palmas in Spain, Marseille in France, Napoli in Serie A and PAOK in Greece all have been linked with the 31-year-old.
The defender apparently wanted to stay at Espanyol, where he was on loan last season, but the Spanish club didn't meet Porto's asking price by the end-of-June deadline. Bayer Leverkusen reportedly are an interested party, although it still is possible that Espanyol could make a deal with Porto, or that he could stay in Portugal.
There has been talk of interest from the Bundesliga and the Santos Laguna center-back has said he would like to play in Europe, although there has been very little heard since the Confederations Cup.
The 21-year-old midfielder has moved on loan from Porto B to Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium.
Striker Maleck has been loaned from Santos Laguna to Porto B, with the Portuguese giants retaining an option to buy the 18-year-old at the end of the year.
The 2011 Under-17 World Cup winning captain has transferred to Portuguese first division side Feirense from Tigres.
Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.