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Vancouver targets former RSL man Sergio Córdova

The 26-year-old spent 2022 on loan at Real Salt Lake, scoring 11 goals

Sergio Cordova in the run of play against Portland Timbers, having separated himself from defenders
Lucas Muller | Wasatch Soccer Sentinel

Despite consistent reports from top brass at Real Salt Lake that the door was open for a Sergio Córdova return, a slightly stranger turn of events appears to be in store.

Córdova, 25, spent 2022 on loan with RSL from FC Augsburg, a team in which RSL co-owner David Blitzer has a minority stake. 2023 — and beyond — may well be spent at Vancouver Whitecaps, who are said to be preparing a $2m bid.

The initial report emerged in German publication Kicker, though no club was specified, and one would have been forgiven for thinking it was perhaps RSL. Manuel Veth, who is well-connected on all things Canadian soccer rumors, clarified the rumor and pointed the direction at Vancouver Whitecaps.

Tom Bogert, who has the pulse on all things MLS, confirmed the rumor.

It's easy to see why an MLS team might hold interest in Córdova. He underwent a considerable transition period at RSL and still managed a nine-goal outlay in the regular season before scoring twice in the MLS Playoffs against Austin FC.

The question remains, of course, if he's worth a $2m spend --- and while it's tempting to say he's not, it's always interesting when it's another club making that valuation and not RSL.

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