Published on June 26th, 2014 | by John Lyons0
Garcés, Hernández and Canales on the move
The World Cup is capturing almost all the attention, but things are beginning to move on the Chilean domestic football transfer front.
O´Higgins have been one of the clubs most affected. After losing manager Eduardo Berizzo to Spain´s Celta Vigo, they´ve now seen two of their Apertura title-winners depart.
Goalkeeper Paulo Garcés and midfielder Pedro Pablo Hernández were both in Chile´s original 30-man squad for the World Cup before being cut when the squad was trimmed to 23.
Garcés, 29, has moved to Clausura champions Colo Colo, where he will fight with Paraguayan Justo Villar for the number one jersey, while Hernández, 27, has reunited with Berizzo at Celta Vigo on a four-year contract.
Garcés and Hernández were two key players for O´Higgins and will be sorely missed. In fact, Hernández scored the goal against Universidad Católica in the Apertura Super Final that clinched the Rancagua outfit´s first league title.
As well as Garcés, Colo Colo have also signed experienced midfielder Claudio Maldonado, 34, who had been training with them over the last few months.
Meanwhile, another player in Chile´s World Cup 30 has also made a move. Striker Gustavo Canales, 32, has left Unión Española to return to former club, Universidad de Chile.
Meanwhile, defender Roberto Cereceda, 29, has left la U to join Brazilian outfit Figueirense on a six-month loan.