With the season just days away some of the most significant transfer dealings have been dominating the papers. Fernando Gago arrived on the final day of the European transfer window as Velez were able to capitalize on Gago’s longing to return to Argentina. With his wife pregnant and Boca seemingly not interested in taking Gago back Velez were able to sign the talented midfielder on an initial 6 month loan deal with the view of a permanent deal in the region of 3.5 million Euros. For such a talent Gago has found life in Europe difficult with a series of loan moves but there is no doubting his potential and joining the current champions could be a great move for both him and Velez.
For some weeks now the whereabouts of Juan Roman Riquelme has been a big talking point. At one stage it seemed that a move to Palmeiras was imminent but after a change in the clubs hierarchy it was decided that the investment in Riquelme was not justified and the deal collapsed. Riquelme has stated that he is quite happy not playing at the moment and doesn’t appear in any rush to move to another club since his departure from Boca. Boca had stated that he could go to play elsewhere but they would not allow him to play for a rival Argentine club and that has now posed a problem as Tigre appear favourites to capture the Boca legend. Riquelme, it would seem is keen to join Tigre, the team that he grew up so close to and has supported since childhood. Convincing a less than happy Daniel Angelici, the Boca President could prove difficult. Some reports are suggesting that Tigre will need to pay US$ 2 million for Riquelme’s registration and that he will not be able to play against Boca in the forthcoming tournament. And then after all this and a deal apparently close, rumour suggests that Riquelme could in fact continue playing for Boca! Whatever the truth behind these negociations the result could be some way off and there could well be more twists in this story.