Chile striker Eduardo Vargas is joining Mexico’s UANL Tigres from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, the Liga MX champions said.
The 27-year-old striker, due to arrive in Mexico on Sunday, will become one of nearly 200 foreign-born players in the Liga MX, the vast majority South Americans.
“Eduardo Vargas, one of the stars of Chilean football, is coming to Tigres to reinforce the team’s attack which will seek the title in the Clausura 2017,” the Monterrey-based club said on their website (www.tigres.com.mx).
Tigres won the Apertura, the first of two championships in the season, in December and can now pair Vargas with France’s Andre-Pierre Gignac in a formidable strike force as they look to retain their crown in the Clausura, which began three weeks ago.
Vargas will hope to improve on a modest club career outside his home country where he won the domestic league and Copa Sudamericana with Universidad de Chile in 2011.
He was signed for 13.5 million euros ($14.4 million) by Napoli in 2012 but went on loan to Brazil’s Gremio, Valencia and Queens Park Rangers before joining Hoffenheim in 2015 for six million euros.
Vargas has scored 32 goals for Chile in 68 internationals and helped them reach the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup and win successive Copa America titles in the last two years.