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Canada striker Lucas Cavallini reportedly set for Liga MX move

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The 24-year-old appears ready to swap Penarol for Puebla.

Canada v Honduras: Group A - 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Canada striker Lucas Cavallini appears set to join Liga MX side Puebla on loan.

Cavallini currently plays for Penarol, the 48-time Uruguayan champions, and has scored 11 goals in 29 games in all competitions this season.

According to Montevideo-based journalist Alen Banewur, however, the 24-year-old is on the verge of signing for Puebla on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy.

“If Penarol give the OK, Lucas Cavallini will join Puebla of the Mexican Primera Division,” Banewur tweeted. “It would be on loan for one year with the option to buy.”

He added: “Cavallini will travel to Mexico tomorrow. Last details at the embassy. Loan for one year to Puebla with option [to buy]. [Transfer] money to Penarol and [Cavallini’s former club] Fenix.”

Despite his reasonable goalscoring record, many Penarol fans do not seem particularly disappointed to see the back of Cavallini. One tweeted: “The agent of this boy is a genius really!” Another asked: “Who is the genius at Puebla who saw the great talent that the tweeters did not?”

Cavallini’s spell at Penarol has been a short one, anyway, having only joined the club from Fenix in January. A move to Liga MX would seem to be a positive one for the Mississauga-born forward, though, and he joins a Puebla team in desperate need of goals.

Former Mexico international Rafael Garcia took over at Estadio Cuauhtemoc in June but having finished last season’s Clausura bottom of the table, Puebla have netted just three times in their opening five games this year.

Cavallini returned to the Canada squad for the first time since 2015 to play at the Gold Cup in July. He impressed as a lone striker despite failing to score, playing no small part in Alphonso Davies’ outstanding form with his relentless work ethic and hold-up play.