Sources: Movistar Riders in advanced negotiations with JUST; sausol set to become free agent
The Portuguese player will take the place of Pere "sausol" Solsona Saumell in Riders' starting five.
A report by RTP Arena on Friday broke that Portuguese rifler Tiago "JUST" Moura is on his way to Movistar Riders. HLTV has learned from sources with knowledge of the operation that he and the Spanish organization are in advanced talks and expected to put pen to paper in the coming days.
The 27-year-old, one of SAW's original founding members, has been on the Portuguese team's bench since April after their poor showing at ESL Pro League Season 17 and subsequent failure to make it through the BLAST.tv Paris Major's RMR.
JUST will slot in for sausol, a long awaited signing by Movistar Riders in 2022 that did not quite pan out as he struggled to find comfort in his roles. The 23-year-old did not shine his brightest, averaging a 0.99 rating during his time with the jinetes, but nonetheless leaves with an ESL Challenger Melbourne title to his name.
The move for the Portuguese player is not a fan favorite of the Spanish crowd, as many have been keeping an eye on former Iberian Family and current Nexus rifler Adam "adamS" Marian with hopes of him being brought into the fold.
JUST was lauded by Spanish veteran and former Iberian Family coach David "Kairi" de Miguel, however. "It's true that I'd prefer adamS over anyone," he said, "but I'll also tell you that 27 years of age doesn't matter and that JUST is still very good. I still don't understand why he was benched in SAW because for me he was their best player, at least until ewjerkz joined. I also think his profile could fit Riders very well."
If the deal goes through as expected, Movistar Riders will be:
Galder "bladE" Barcena (coach)