Columbus Crew finalizes record deal with Cucho Hernandez

Since pre-season, and publicly since Gyasi Zardes has been traded to Colorado Rapids On April 22, a Columbus CroweThe focus of the transfer was on adding a specific attacking player who could make a significant offensive impact. Now the club is close, with sources close to the situation confirming to Massive Report that a record-breaking deal for Watford striker Juan “Cucho” Hernandez, who played last season in the Premier League before being relegated, is imminent and will likely be completed and announced next week. next. The contract is a multi-year deal worth over $10 million.

While more details are expected in the coming days, Massive Report has learned that Hernandez will sign a multi-year DP contract with Crew and that the Watford player’s transfer fee is more than $10 million. The deal would break the club’s previous transfer fee of around $8 million spent on midfielder Lukas Zelarajan ahead of the 2020 season.

Hernandez checks all the boxes for what head coach Caleb Porter, the Black and the Gold, wants from the striker. The Colombian is 23 years old with experience playing professionally in Colombia, Spain and England and has the potential to be a prolific goalscorer in Major League Soccer.

However, it’s not just goal scoring that Hernandez brings to Columbus. Cucho has experience taking set pieces, has played on the wings across the front three – although he will be a striker for the crew – and has shown a great willingness to press in the offensive half of the field. The Colombian international is a threat to both sides of the ball. Although his 5-foot-9 height doesn’t match the typical striker porter prototype, Hernandez still averaged more than three aerial challenges he won per game, a clip higher than most strikers in the MLS .

Massive Report has learned that Hernandez has already been to Columbus for a physical tour and a tour of the Ohio Wellness Performance Center. Hernandez, who has since left the US, won’t see the field right away though because of the visa and transfer window details.

Once he has Hernandez’s visa and all the paperwork is complete, he can start training with the team but won’t see the pitch until the summer transfer window opens on July 7. Soldier Field to face Chicago fire.

The forward comes to Columbus after joining Watford in 2017. During his time with the Hornets, Hernandez had loan spells across Spain. Initially, Watford sent the striker to Huesca in the Spanish second division. Hernandez Huesca led in the number of goals with 17 goals and was second in the team in terms of assisting six goals. Huesca got a promotion from playing Hernandez to La Liga.

The production of the new Columbus striker declined in the next two seasons, as he jumped between teams in the Spanish League. In 2022, Watford retained Hernandez’s services on the field and in 11 Premier League starts, Hernandez scored five goals and assisted two. Watford was relegated to the second division after occupying 19th placeThe tenth Position in the English Premier League table with only 23 points.

With excitement, there is one area to watch closely. In April, Hernandez suffered a hamstring injury that nearly made him miss the rest of the season. Fortunately for Hernandez, he came back for a 19-minute substitute against Chelsea on May 22. Since then, Hernandez has played 45 minutes as a second-half substitute against Saudi Arabia in an international friendly match.

Hern├índez joins Crew’s roster that needs more of a forward stance. In 14 matches, the black and gold teams scored five goals from the strikers, the current strikers Eric Hurtado and Miguel Perry scored two goals each, and Zardes scored a goal against the team. San Jose Earthquakes On March 5th.