Without question the big match this weekend is the top of the table clash between Newell’s Old Boys and San Lorenzo in Rosario later today. However, on the eve of the game police officials from Rosario are supposedly investigating San Lorenzo striker, Angel Correa amid reports that his ownership could be used by a group of drug traffickers to launder their money. Could this be a ruse prior to the title clash or another murky chapter in Argentine football?
The 18-year-old, Rosario born, striker was at the centre of transfer gossip last week linking him with some of the biggest names in European football but Correa once again finds himself in the news for other reasons ahead of the biggest game of the season.
The Rosario Justice Department are investigating the business group who part own Angel Correa as it is connected to the Cantero Family, a well-known criminal organisation in Rosario and believed to head up one of the largest drug rings, Los Monos. The suspicion is that in owning 60% of the economic rights of the player, any business concerning Correa could be used to launder the drug money from Rosario.
For this reason, it is understood that Juan Carlos Vienna, the Examining Magistrate has instructed San Lorenzo “to refrain from enrolling or transferring any rights of Angel Correa.” This would certainly put an end to any potential transfer at this time it would seem.
However, Marcelo Vazquez, the Club Secretary for San Lorenzo has expressed his scepticism over the timing of this announcement. With the two sides meeting tonight in a match which could well determine the outcome of the championship, perhaps Vazquez and El Ciclon are right to feel that there may be a little more to this than meets the eye.