CSKA is carrying out a transfer under sanctions. The rookie is the best player in the American Champions League!
July 27, 2023, 18:00 MSK
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Davil’s free agent will cost the army team 5 million euros.
CSKA coach Vladimir Fedotov will apparently finally have the first rookie in the summer transfer window. Fyodor Chalov and Anton Zabolotny will have a competitor from Chile: striker Viktor Dávila. At the same time, the transfer of the 25-year-old from Mexican club Leon turns out to be non-standard.
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On July 20, the Championship was the first to report on Dávila’s impending transfer to CSKA. However, CSKA faced the same problem as the Dynamo in the case of the signing of midfielder Luis Chavez de Pachuka. Russian clubs do not have to pay for the transfer due to sanctions. It seems that CSKA and Dynamo solve the problem in the same way: they transfer money to the players themselves so that they agree with the clubs. Mexican journalist Paco Montes said Davila will buy his contract from Leon for 5 million euros (this is the compensation prescribed in the contract) and move to CSKA as a free agent. The contract with Victor will be signed for four years, until the summer of 2027.
The striker has already bid farewell to his former team’s fans, uttering touching words:
“Good afternoon, dear friends. I’m grateful for the time spent at the club, I was proud to be here and be helpful, I did everything in my power, I’m grateful to the fans and the club’s management for their constant support. There is a moment in my life when I have to say goodbye and thank you” (Rz Sports).
CSKA buys nothing less than the best player in the Champions League! It’s true, not European, but CONCACAF. In June of this year, Leon won the premier club tournament for teams from North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. In the two-legged final, the Mexicans defeated Los Angeles of MLS – 2:1 at home and 1:0 away. Dávila in these games was not marked by effective actions, however, he received the most valuable individual award at the end of the Champions League – the Golden Ball.
Overall, during two and a half years in León, Dávila played 106 games, in which he scored 33 goals and made 13 assists. This team was the third in his Mexican career. In July 2017, at the age of 19, the Chilean left the Huachipato club that brought him to Necaxa. So the cost of the transfer was only € 180 thousand.
In Necaxa, Dávila shone: he scored 13 + 5 in 42 games. He won the Mexican Cup and the Supercopa with the team. After that, in January 2019, the striker was bought by Pachuca for €10.6 million. It was at that time, more precisely, in October 2018, that Dávila received the first invitation to Chile’s main national team. He debuted, coming on as a substitute, in a friendly match with Peru (0:3). But the next call had to wait almost two years, until October 2020. For the second time, the striker played for the national team in the qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup with Uruguay (1: 2).
In “Pachuca” it didn’t work for Dávila. A couple of months after the transfer, he suffered a knee injury, so he missed 137 days. And after returning to the field, the Chilean wasn’t particularly effective. In 56 games for Pachuca, the striker scored 9 + 5. Obviously, the club acknowledged the purchase as unsuccessful, so in January 2021 they sold Victor for 4.5 million euros to LeOnu.” There, Davila flourished again. Even before winning the Champions League, CONCACAF won the League Cup with Leon, the same tournament in which Lionel Messi is now breaking with Inter Miami.
Dávila is a striker who gives good movement, knows how to press. He can hook up to the ball, keep it under pressure. Perhaps the Chilean’s scoring statistics cannot be called impressive, but he is a useful player for the team. In addition, it is quite versatile. Victor will close the positions of both the winger and the center forward.
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“Mexican soccer is really very much linked to tactics, to transitions of the ball,” Davila said in an interview with Chilean journalists. – I feel very comfortable in a game like that. I’m one of those players who really likes to attack, play in transition, take possession of the ball and run forward. It made my game more direct, “vertical”. I like to give assists and score goals. I feel like I’m moving forward and adjusting to the pace of the game. The tactical approach in Mexican football has helped me a lot.”
This summer, after the successful CONCACAF Champions League, Davila returned to the Chilean national team and played in two more matches after nearly three years. In a friendly match with Cuba (3: 0), he came out in the starting lineup and made an assist, and then spent 10 minutes in combat with the Dominican Republic. Now Viktor’s immediate goal is to score his first goal for both the national team and CSKA.