CHESTER, PA - JUNE 11: Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon #1 of the Philadelphia Union argues a call during a game against Real Salt Lake at PPL Park on June 11, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The game ended 1-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Silly season has bitten the Philadelphia Union hard, as the international transfer window is set to close in three days. After apparently shrugging off a Sebastien Le Toux transfer to Bolton Wanderers, the Union are set to lose team captain Faryd Mondragon.
The 40-year-old is on his way back to Colombia, according to Deportivo Cali's Vice President. Maria Clara Naranjo told the El Pais' Colombian site that Deportivo was confident that the process for bringing in Mondragon was nearly done.
"There are a few things to fix with his contract," Naranjo said to El Pais, "but I am 99 percent sure that he will come."
Naranjo went on to say that the remaining parts of the transfer that needed to be finalized would not be a problem on Mondragon's end, while referencing the club board friendship that goalkeeper had previously mentioned in a radio interview.
"I know I will not have problem with what remains to be arranged with Farid," said Naranjo, "because, first, he is friend of mine and, second, he loves Cali."
Mondragon, per El Pais, is negotiating an end to his Philadelphia contract through a release clause within it.
The winter international transfer window closes at the end of January 31, and Cali plays its first game of 2012 tomorrow against Atletico Nacional, meaning that a transfer would most likely happen as soon as paperwork can be processed.