Pumas UNAM legend set to return to Estadio Olímpico?

Pumas legend Efraín Velarde has been tipped with a return to the Estadio Olímpico this summer.

Velarde, who came through the famous Pumas youth system, won four league titles with the club during a 10-year stint between 2004 and 2014.

He’s currently enjoying a second spell at Monterrey after spending the last couple of seasons on loan at Leon and Toluca.

The 32-year-old has been capped nine times for El Tri.

Goal says the Velarde deal is one of a number of possible transfers between Rayados and Los Universitarios this summer as Jesús Gallardo looks set to head in the other direction.

The deal forms part of Pumas’ wider rebuilding project. A disappointing Liguilla exit to America in the Clausura underscored a miserable 2017/18 campaign for the club. In the Apertura, David Patiño’s men finished bottom of the table with just three wins all season.

It’s thought star striker Nico Castillo could also be on his way out.

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