Newell’s Old Boys have moved quickly to replace goalkeeper, Nahuel Guzmán and signed former Argentina international, Oscar Ustari following his release from Sunderland. Newell’s remain keen to also re-sign striker, Nacho Scocco but at present are some way off the Premier League sides valuation.
The loss of Nahuel Guzmán will be keenly felt in the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa after his transfer to Mexican side, Tigres. Guzmán had spent his entire career in Rosario (barring a loan spell with Independiente Rivadavia) and established himself as a key part of Newell’s recent success.
However, Newell’s have wasted no time to bring in an experienced replacement, in the form of 28-year-old, Oscar Ustari. Ustari was a free agent following his release from Sunderland and after an injury plagued spell in European football returns to Argentina with something to prove.
Negotiations between Newell’s and Sunderland may not stop there though with Nacho Scocco a serious talking point between the two clubs. Scocco’s spell at Sunderland has been disastrous and so the 29-year-old striker would welcome a move back to Newell’s where he was the standout attacker in the Primera.
Scocco has made no secret of this desire and Sunderland are happy for him to leave but wish to recoup close to the £4 million they paid for him just 8 months ago. With money tight for Newell’s so far there has been no bid close to this and so Sunderland are waiting in the hope that Scocco attracts more attention.
Both Boca Juniors and River Plate have previously been registered with an interest and were thought not to be too impressed with Scocco publically stating he wanted to return to Rosario.
It is unlilkely any Argentine side will pay that amount of money for a player and so Sunderland may need to take the hit if they want Scocco off the wage bill in the next few weeks.