Alejandro Diaz Signs In Norway With Sogndal Fotball
Just hours after the news broke about Alejandro Diaz’s likely move to Norway, reigning CPL champion Pacific FC has now confirmed the transfer.
The departure of the club’s all-time top goalscorer comes just one week ahead of the club’s Concacaf League bout against CS Herediano.
In a farewell post made by the club, the Tridents confirmed that the striker was en route to Norwegian second division Sogndal IL, who had teased the new signing just hours ago and state that the club expects his permits to clear in the next few days.
In a follow-up post made by Kristian Jack, the CPL staffer revealed that the terms of the deal were ‘close to a record for the league’ and also include performance add-ons along with a significant sell-on fee, too.
“We would like to thank Alejandro for his service to our club over the past three seasons, and for the joy he has brought to fans of Pacific FC on and off the field,” added PFC CEO Rob Friend. “as a club, we are committed to helping our players develop and achieve new levels of success by carving out new opportunities in leagues around the world. As we help our players ascend, we are proud to set new benchmarks in terms of transfer fees for our league, which we look forward to reinvesting into Canadian soccer.”
The Mexican striker had contributed an astounding 31 goals and nine assists in 62 appearances during his time in purple, where this season now sees him depart while first in the league’s golden boot race after 13 goal contributions in 18 league appearances.
He also made history as the first CPL player to bag a hat trick in continental action just last week, and will be seen as a big miss for the west coast side.
The 26-year-old re-signed with the reigning league champions on a multi-year deal just eight months ago, which means that Pacific FC appear poised to capture a transfer fee now that the former Liga MX striker is set to test himself in European action.
Diaz had been expected to depart after missing last year’s title-winning final, but certainly made good on his return this season – which is exactly what one would hope for after he had made 56 appearances in Mexico for the likes of Club America, Necaxa, Atlas, and Zacatepec.
While Pacific fans will be gutted to see him go, it looks like the Tridents were smart to lock him into a multi-year deal and net themselves an as-yet-undisclosed fee for his sale.