According to MLSSoccer.com insider Tom Bogert, FC Cincinnati will be adding Colombian center back Yerson Mosquera on loan from Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C..
Sources: FC Cincinnati finalizing the loan signing of Colombian center back Yerson Mosquera from Wolverhampton.
Mosquera, 21, was signed by Wolves for $7m in 2021. Big talent but hasn’t made Premier League debut.
No purchase option, Wolves want to see his development in Cincy. pic.twitter.com/ARmviEguvS
— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) January 30, 2023
The 21 year old will be the second South American youth international added this window following the addition of Ecuadorian midfielder Marco Angulo. Mosquera began his professional career with Medellín side Atlético Nacional. After a quick rise, Mosquera was sold to the English side for £4.5million ($5.6 million) in June 2021.
He has made 16 appearances on the matchday bench for Wolves over two seasons, but has not entered into action during league play. His one lone senior appearance was in September of 2021, but the center back was forced out of the Carabao Cup match after 9 minutes due to a hamstring injury.
Mosquera was rumored to be leaving Molineux on loan this Summer with spots in France and Turkish club Galatasaray as options. His playing time has been limited to a handful of PL2 matches this season and he has not been named to a senior squad since before the World Cup break. Playing time was likely even more limited due to the signing of English defender Craig Dawson.
Wolves sporting director Matt Hobbs was recently quoted on the topic of a Mosquera loan. “We want to get Yerson [Mosquera] out on loan, to start getting some games”, Hobbs added. “The manager has real belief in him and the tools he has. We brought him in, and he was unlucky with his two hamstring injuries, and then it wasn’t a great time to drop an inexperienced defender back into the team.”
“He’s been a victim of circumstances, so for us it’s important to get him out on loan, so the fact we bring Craig [Dawson] in to be the player he’ll be, but also help the defenders in the building and allow Yerson to go out on loan is great for the football club.”
Wolverhampton currently sits 17th on the Premier League table only staying out of the relegation zone on goal differential.
FCC had yet to add a senior center back following the departures of Geoff Cameron and Tyler Blackett. Mosquera will likely slot in next to Matt Miazga in a back three, but might have enough talent and athleticism to go to a back four should the appropriate full back be signed. It could be thought some playing time assurances have been given to Wolves to acquire Yerson’s services on loan.
While the duration of the stay in Cincinnati will be up for discussion between the two clubs, it appears that Wolves still have an interest in keeping Mosquera long term or could use the orange and blue to help rehabilitate his sell-on value. Should FCC execute a purchase, his fee could potentially put him into Designated Player status, which is typically not used for defenders.
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