[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Could the New York Red Bulls' long nightmare be over? If Rafael Marquez is headed to Mexico, it can thank Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, for making the deal possible.
Arturo Elias Ayub, Slim's son-in-law, told the Mexican sports daily Record, that Leon has been working on finalizing an agreement and it hopes to conclude a deal early this week for the former Mexico national team captain.
Slim's America Movil bought interests in promoted Leon and Pachuca this summer with the hope of breaking the hold of Televisa and TV Azteca on lucrative Mexican soccer television rights.
Marquez has been a bust in his two and a half seasons with the Red Bulls, but he is still a marketable player, especially to a club with an agenda like Leon.
Besides Marquez, who played just 15 games for the Red Bulls in 2012, Leon has signed another former Mexican international who was a bust in MLS.
A deal to move Nery Castillo, who played for the Chicago Fire, from Pachuca to Leon was announced on Monday.