It has long been speculated that Real Salt Lake would be looking to move the 27 year old striker Alfredo Ortuño, and it looks like a move to Spanish second division club Albecete is coming to fruition.
The rumors have come from a myriad of places, including MLS Soccer writer Sam Stejskal.
Can confirm the reports that RSL and TFC are working to offload Alfredo Ortuno and Ager Aketxe, respectively. Either moving would free up significant budget space, TAM for each club. https://t.co/P1JKxd5hYH— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) July 10, 2018
Moves have been speculated to Cadiz, Rayo Vallecano, and Albacete among other clubs. A move to Cadiz seems to be written off. Vallecano also seems unlikely considering the lack of reputable media traction although such a move does provide two pieces of interest to note. It could be more strategic for RSL to attempt to hold out for a higher transfer fee, something which the Madrid based club would logically have more of. This move could potentially also make more sense for Ortuno given that Vallecano was recently promoted thus giving him an option to play top pyramid football.
The stated, all sign point towards Albacete being the most likely option. It was suggested a few days ago from a media source that Ortuno could be unveiled as a player for Albacete within a few hours. While such an assumption never turned out to be true, two different reports out of Spain seem to indicate thankful to google translate that he will join the cub by the end of the month. This morning Vice President and CEO of Albacete stated in the unveiling of a new signing that if all goes to plan Alfredo Ortuno will be an Albacete player by the end of the month. While nothing is certain, a significant amount of discussion on twitter has additionally hyped up the move among a variety of Albacete supporters.
Alfredo Ortuno began his career at Albacete in their youth academy and worked his way into the first team between 2008 and 2011 before he departed for Getafe. In three matches or (119 minutes) only one of which has been a start for Real Salt Lake, Ortuno committed one foul, was offsides twice, and failed to score any goals. His failure to earn favor with the manager Mike Petke in being able to make the game day 18 has come of no surprise with the rumors of poor fitness and a strong desire to move back to Spain, turning him into arguably the biggest bust in RSL history earning reportedly near $23,000 a week in wages.