Valour In Talks With Jose Escalante
Today’s roster update from Valour FC left the club with some big shoes to fill, but who better to help out on the left flank than Honduran winger Jose Escalante?
As we reported a few days ago, the Cavalry winger – who is currently on loan with FC Motagua – is set to end his loan early and return to Canada in January. Instead of landing at Spruce Meadows, however, TrueNorthFoot indicates that Valour FC are leading discussions with the winger.
When we reached out to sources for comment, they were able to confirm this is indeed the case.
A CPL original, Escalante has made exactly 100 appearances for Cavalry FC since the league’s launch, contributing some nine goals and sixteen assists during his time with Alberta’s only Canadian Premier League side.
His loan to Honduran side FC Motagua came midseason and out-of-the-blue: FC Motagua announce Jose Escalante while he was still under contract with Cavalry, prompting both clubs to release contrasting statements about his contract status with either party.
Two weeks later, Cavalry announced that Escalante would be formally loaned to FC Motagua on a one-year deal, with the CPL side ‘retained exclusive rights’ for him through to the end of the 2024 Canadian Premier League season. This implies they had triggered a club option before confirming a loan to a club who had already announced him as a full signing. It was messy, to say the least.
However, it looks like Jose Escalante will be allowed to move elsewhere despite the exclusive rights. It’s a murky situation, and while we reported that Diego Gutierrez is set for Cavalry, that looks like a separate move rather than part of this trade.
Valour FC finds itself in the middle of a hefty roster rebuild that has seen some big departures, included left-sided full-back Matteo de Brienne, who made some dazzling runs along that side of the pitch. He leaves big shoes to fill, but it’s fair to say Jose Escalante would be an excellent replacement.
He’d also be a much needed ‘W’ for Valour on the transfer market, particularly after two key players have left the club for other CPL sides despite being offered big raises to stay.
For Escalante, the early return to Canadian Premier League pastures will supply him with much-needed game time. He’s made ten appearances for Motagua since the loan was made official, and we’ve no doubt he’d be a starter for Valour.
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