Inter Miami playmaker Rodolfo Pizarro is set to return to Monterrey on loan in January, according to reports.
The 27-year-old joined the Herons as a Designated Player (DP) in February 2020 ahead of their inaugural season, reuniting with former Rayados boss Diego Alonso – the Uruguayan has since been replaced by Phil Neville.
Pizarro enjoyed a glittering spell in Liga MX , winning a number of team and individual honors, but has thus far failed to produce in Major League Soccer, registering just seven goals and nine assists in 47 appearances for Inter Miami.
The Mexico international was originally linked with a return to Liga MX back in June, though Neville ruled that out at the time saying Pizarro was a “big part” of his plans.
However, Neville appears to have changed his stance now. According to the Miami Herald, Pizarro will re-join Monterrey on loan with an option to make the move permanent.
Should Pizarro leave, he’ll free up a valuable DP spot for Neville to add more quality to his roster, which is undergoing significant surgery ahead of the 2022 season having missed out on the MLS Cup Playoffs this time around. Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi will be the club’s remaining DPs, though the latter was left unprotected during the recent MLS Expansion Draft.
Scottish winger Lewis Morgan and Argentine forward Julian Carranza have already departed for the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union, respectively. 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder Jean Mota has been the Herons’ most high-profile arrival of the winter so far, joining from Santos.
Inter Miami begin their 2022 MLS campaign at home to the Chicago Fire on Saturday 26 February.