The probability of Leandro "Beto" Armani moving to Philadelphia has both improved and worsened at the same time after the striker met with Tiro Federal's president.
The Brotherly Game talked to Pablo Soria, Newell's Old Boys web director, for a second time and he gave an update on the Armani situation.
"Tiro Federal's president has asked $50,000 for a six-month loan," Soria said to the Brotherly Game. "That amount for the loan is for all interested clubs. Armani's representatives want Carlos Davola, Federal's president, to lower his demands, but the negotiation has been difficult."
Armani's potential transfer would happen at the earliest possible time, which would be the January transfer window.
"The intention is to loan him starting next January," Soria said.
Federal has wanted to part ways with Armani ever since the player and the team's front office clashed over some money that Beto has claimed he is owed by Tiro.
"The player is under contract until 2014 but Tiro Federal a debt is held because a conflict with the team's leadership," Soria previously told the Brotherly Game. "This half there is an economic conflict with Federal over the delay in the payment of per diem. He wants to leave in December."
However, the hold up over the team's loan fee demands and the aforementioned money issue may make it more likely for Armani to head to Major League Soccer either temporarily or on a permanent basis.
"Davola is a tough negotiator, but he is obviously willing to put a purchase option into the loan," Soria said.
All loans to a MLS team must have an option to purchase included in the deal.