Transfers Chivas sign midfielder Sandoval from Santos Laguna, bid Gallito farewell Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 07:52 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liga MX Santos Laguna Guadalajara The 22-year-old is moving to Guadalajara, with veteran midfielder Jose Juan Vazquez heading to Torreon in return Chivas have wasted no time making a signing after missing out on the Liguilla.The Guadalajara side, which won the Liga MX and Copa MX titles during the Clausura but crashed out of both competitions in the Apertura, announced Monday that it has signed midfielder Gael Sandoval from Santos Laguna. You emerged from the youth ranks of @ClubSantosEn to fight each battle with passion and heart.Thank you, @GSanoval! We wish you much success in this next step. 👊⚽ pic.twitter.com/wNWALvUk6j— ClubSantosLaguna (@ClubSantosEn) November 20, 2017The 22-year-old Sandoval was named to Mexico’s preliminary Gold Cup roster this summer but didn’t make the cut. He has bolstered his national team stock with a solid campaign in the Apertura despite a disappointing tournament from Los Guerreros. He moves to Chivas after being named the league’s top new player in 2016-17 and had more assists than any other Mexican player in the 2017 Clausura. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We appreciate the commitment, dedication and professionalism shown by our homegrown player during his stay at the institution, and wish him a lot of luck and the best of success in his new step,” read a Santos Laguna news release.¡Bienvenido a la familia más grande de 🇲🇽, @GSanoval! 🔴⚪️🔵 pic.twitter.com/FY8nwQcsCP— CHIVAS (@Chivas) November 20, 2017Chivas also bid farewell to defensive midfielder Jose Juan “Gallito” Vazquez, who is headed the other way in the transaction. Vazquez was deemed surplus for Chivas, with Orbelin Pineda and Michael Perez continuing to develop into regular starters.A five-time Mexican first division title holder and @miseleccionmx international, @ClubSantosEn announces the official signing of @GalloVazquezG ahead of the 2018 Clausura.Welcome, Guerrero! 👏#SinGuerrerosNoHaySantos pic.twitter.com/BwanfsclvB— ClubSantosLaguna (@ClubSantosEn) November 21, 2017After a number of excellent campaigns for its youth teams, with many of its youth players a part of Mexico’s setup, Santos Laguna is beginning to cash in on the investments the club has made in young talent. The Torreon-based club sold Uriel Antuna to the City Football Group before the season, with the 20-year-old currently playing with Dutch side Groningen. The northern club has become known for developing and selling talent, with Liga MX stars Oribe Peralta and Darwin Quintero among those to pass through the club before moving on to a bigger side. Chivas, meanwhile, signs only Mexican players and needs to reload after a campaign that saw Matias Almeyda’s men finish 13th in the table with 18 points — the same amount as Santos. In addition to Vazquez, goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota also is expected to head for the exit door this winter while being linked with a number of players.Some rumors, like the return of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez from the Premier League, seem like fantasy while others, like Lobos BUAP forward Amaury Escoto arriving to back up Alan Pulido, have more credence.