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Inter Miami reportedly finalize deal for Mexican striker Rodolfo Pizarro

The 25-year-old joins Inter Miami as its second designated player following a reported $12 million transfer from Monterrey

Rodolfo Pizarro of Mexico and Arturo Vidal of Chile vie for the ball during their international friendly football match at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California on March 22, 2019. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images)

After a long, drawn out process it appears Mexican striker Rodolfo Pizarro is finally heading to Inter Miami as the expansion side’s second Designated Player signing. 

According to multiple reports, Pizarro and Inter Miami agreed to terms Wednesday, clearing the way for the player to join Major League Soccer from Liga MX’s Monterrey.

Miami is reportedly paying a $12 million transfer fee for the 25-year-old’s services, according to ESPN FC. The Athletic was the first to report the deal being finalized. 

Monterrey sporting director Duilio Davino also told reporters Wednesday though Miami hadn’t yet paid a transfer fee, Pizarro was keen to leave. As such, Pizzaro was left out of Monterrey’s squad for the team’s Copa MX match against Santos Laguna Tuesday and did not participate in Wednesday’s training session.

Pizarro is the latest Mexican to sign with an MLS team this offseason, joining Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (LA Galaxy), Alan Pulido (Sporting Kansas City), and Oswaldo Alanis (San Jose Earthquakes). He also continues the pipeline from Liga MX to MLS, which included Pulido, Alanis, Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Lucas Zelarayan (Columbus Crew SC) this offseason alone.

Pizzaro has scored five goals in 25 appearances with the Mexico national team and, until now, has only ever represented clubs in Liga MX. That said, four of Pizarro’s five international goals have come in the United States.

From 2012-16, Pizarro represented Pachuca, where he scored eight goals in 134 appearances and won the Liga MX title in 2016. He then played for Guadalajara (2017-18), where he contributed 13 goals in 45 games and won the 2017 Liga MX title and 2017 Concacaf Champions League, before joining Monterrey. Pizarro completed the trophy-winning trifecta with Rayados as well, helping the side win both the Liga MX and Concacaf Champions League titles last season.

By signing with Miami, Pizarro reunites with head coach Diego Alonso, who coached Pizarro at both Pachuca and Monterrey.  

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