The Torneo Inicial has been finished just a week but that has not stopped the transfer gossip going into overdrive. River seek to bolster their woeful attack, Boca have already added a couple of new faces, Racing are linked with a host of strikers and as always some young talent is touted for Europe….
After a Torneo Inicial where they scored only 12 goals and relied heavily on untested youth products, River Plate have made it abundantly clear where their focus lies when recruiting for the Torneo Final. Teo Gutierrez did not provide the goals that were expected and so Ramon Diaz seeks alternatives.
The player most likely to return will be former striker, Fernando Cavanaghi, for his third spell with the club. Following his release from Mexican side, Pachuca, the well-travelled, striker is available and keen to pull on a River shirt once again.
Former Newell’s striker, Ignacio Scocco was reportedly the top target but with River facing financial troubles, it appears there is no way they can sanction a move to bring the previous Torneo Final top scorer back from Brazil.
With Cavanaghi a free-agent, only a contract with the player needs to be agreed. However, River may want to try and conclude this quickly as Cavanaghi and his representatives have said that there are other offers on the table. One such offer is said to be from Torneo Inicial champions, San Lorenzo.
Boca Juniors look set for another busy window as Carlos Bianchi looks to reshuffle his pack after a thoroughly inconsistent Torneo Inicial. Uncharacteristically, Bianchi’s side were sloppy defensively and so it comes as no surprise that Boca look to shore up this area.
However, austerity is the key in Argentina and so primary targets will probably be missed. Lanus captain, Paolo Goltz was reportedly top of the list but Lanus were not willing to listen to anything and Velez’s, Sebastián Domínguez was also deemed too pricey.
And so, the two players that look to be coming in are All Boys, right back, Hernan Grana to fill what has been a problem position for Boca in previous campaigns and former centre-half, Juan Forlin.
Forlin left Boca to join Spanish side, Espanyol and after a brief spell with Al Rayyan SC in Qatar, the 25-year-old is set to return to La Bombonera.
With defensive reinforcements coming in it is unclear what the future holds for several players currently on the roster. One player already out is Uruguayan, Ribair Rodriguez who has joined Mexican side, Santos Laguna.
One player Boca may look to cash-in on is midfielder, Juan Sanchez Miño. The young, wide player is being linked with a move to Ukranians, Metalist Kharkiv but President, Daniel Angelici has dismissed this, saying it is not the right time.
Similarly, Leandro Paredes is being watched by Italian champions, Juventus but the 19-year-old is still viewed as the heir to the injured, Juan Roman Riquelme so Boca may resist any moves for now.
Other talented youngsters that could be heading to Europe are Racing’s, Bruno Zuculini as a deal with Manchester City is apparently sealed and their other top prospect, Luciano Vietto, who had a poor Torneo Inicial is apparently attracting interest from Liverpool.
River Plate’s, young playmaker, Manuel Lanzini is being linked to a big money move to Borussia Dortmund in a move which would please the accountants at the Monumental. River’s other big asset, Eder Alvarez Balanta is now ‘untransferable’ according to new president, Rodolfo D’onofrio so it could well be the time to cash-in on Lanzini.
Racing may be losing some of these young players but coach, Mostaza Merlo is on the lookout for new attacking options. This has seen the Avellaneda club linked to a host of names, including Adrien Mutu, Duvan Zapata, Maxi Lopez and now Lucas Pratto. All these options appear to be outside bets but no doubt Racing will strengthen his area.
Newell’s Old Boys look to bounce back from their terrible end to the Torneo Inicial. However, they may need to do that without the experience of Gabriel Heinze who has hinted that he will be calling time on his illustrious career.
Likewise, Juan Sebastian Veron might retire for a second time, after coming out of retirement to play for Estudiantes in the Torneo Inicial.
Not in the Primera, but Independiente’s money troubles could see young defender, Julian Velazquez sold midway through their crucial promotion push. With a new contract proving difficult to negotiate, offers from Mexico, Italy and Russia may mean that El Rojo cash in.