Exclusive: Is Pedro Franco headed back home?

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Updated: June 11, 2016

According to several trusted sources, Millonarios FC of Colombia are working on a comeback for their former club captain Pedro Franco who is currently under contract with Turkish Champions Beşiktaş.

Pedro Franco has found himself sidetracked at Beşiktaş and has spent the past several months on loan at San Lorenzo in Argentina. The Argentine club had the option to buy him for €2 million but instead opted to terminate his loan deal after just 5 appearances. He does not to appear in Beşiktaş’ future plans and is available for transfer this Summer.

It’s unclear whether Millonarios want to bring him back on loan or on a more permanent basis. After Millonarios’ elimination from the league play-offs, the manager has told the club’s president, Enrique Camacho, that he wants two additional forwards, a central midfielder, and a right footed center-back for the upcoming season.

Beşiktaş paid a €2,4 million fee to Millonarios for their captain Pedro Franco in Summer of 2013.

The manager wants a Colombian center-back to have a foreigner spot open for a forward. Henao and Cadavid are currently the starting center-backs for Millonarios and they are both left footed. Millonarios fans have said that they would do anything to bring back Pedro Franco, help him regain his fitness and help him rebuild his confidence. The new season starts in the first weekend of July and the transfer window closes a week later. Millonarios have less than a month to start negotiating with Beşiktaş.

Millonarios are also linked with other players like Vladimir Hernandez, Sebastian Ribas, Daniel Buitrago, Facundo Parra, Juan Moreno, and others.

Millonarios’ athletic director, Norberto Peluffo, announced this week that the new signings will be revealed in the upcoming week. Millonarios’ fans are hoping that one of the new signings will be Pedro Franco. The manager wants to start building the team for the continental competitions next year. Right now, Millonarios have a chance to qualify for either the Copa Libertadores (Champions League) or Copa Sudamericana (Europa League).

Why do Millonarios want Pedro Franco back?

David Valencia signed a loan contract with Millonarios in the beginning of the year. He’s a right footed center-back, tall and strong. In March, David tore his ACL and he’s out for 6-8 months. Millonarios struggled to find the ideal replacement in case Henao and Cadavid were suspended or injured throughout the season. Pedro Franco is the ideal player because he knows the club very well and it’s his childhood club. In another word, he’s a fan of Millonarios and he has played with the club through the youth academy, the reserve team, and the professional team. He helped Millonarios win their 14th League Title and their 3rd League Cup. He’s the player that everyone loves and idolizes. Every time he played for Millonarios, he showed passion and that’s the player that the club lacks right now. A player who is passionate about wearing the jersey and would die for the club.

 

 

– Alex Guerrero of Millonarios International

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Alex Guerrero

Editor in Chief at Millonarios International
Born and raised on Long Island, New York. My goal is to work in the Sports Management/Business Administration area. I’m currently attending at Farmingdale State College. I’m majoring in Business Management. I already obtained my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.
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