Real Salt Lake’s search for a starting forward seems to be coming closer to a conclusion, and the latest rumor surfacing in official channels is that the club is targeting Spanish forward Alfredo Ortuño.
That’s from a report by MLS writer Matt Doyle, who reported yesterday that Ortuño is a target for the club.
Ortuño, 26, has played across the Spanish first and second divisions, but is currently out of contract after terminating his contract with Real Valladolid. Reports from September forward provide mixed reasons for the termination, none of which were injury related. Most often, Spain’s Liga de Fútbol Profesional cited him as a Las Palmas player. The confusion around his situation has only continued since September, but it seems that the controversy centered around a move from Las Palmas to Valladolid not being completed before the closure of the summer transfer window.
RSL’s head scout Andy Williams has been dropping lots of hints regarding a new number nine on Twitter, and Ortuño seems to be a pretty solid guess given his hints:
Secondly, and even more indicative is the since deleted recipe for alfredo sauce.
The fact that he’s been on six different teams via permanant transfers and loan mechanisms since 2014 is concerning, but if one looks at the overall picture his performance is relatively consistent considering the instability of his club stays.
In 141 appearances in La Liga 2, he has scored 41 goals and 14 assists. He also has 5 substitute appearances in La Liga where he nabbed a goal against Deportivo de La Coruña in August of 2014. We’ll let Transfermarkt break down his club appearances in a bit more depth.