Sebastián Driussi pens new River deal until 2019 to ward off AC Milan interest

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The career trajectory of Sebastián Driussi has taken quite the upturn in the early stages of this season and his sensational form has been rewarded with a new contract at River Plate that will run until June 2019.

Seven goals in nine appearances has made Driussi the most dangerous striker in Argentina’s Primera División and so interest from Europe in the 20-year-old was inevitable.

Reports in Italy suggested AC Milan were ready to tempt River with an offer for their latest asset and so president Rodolfo D’onofrio has moved swiftly to improve Driussi’s current deal and crucially increase the release clause from €6 million to €15 million.

Despite being considered one of the club’s most highly rated academy products from a young age, it wasn’t entirely clear if Driussi had much of a future at River as talks of a loan move to Huracán, as recently as the last transfer window, suggested the forward wasn’t in Marcelo Gallardo plans.

Having previously had a squad role, invariably shunted out onto the left, Driussi’s potential was in danger of slipping away, but given Gallardo’s faith and moved centrally alongside Lucas Alario, the 20-year-old has been a revelation.

Studying tapes of Barcelona and Uruguay forward Luis Suárez, Driussi has shown a ruthlessness in front of goal that had been lacking. Full of tireless running, the Argentina under-20 international has already shown signs of his homework paying off.

There is still a great deal of development but Driussi appears to be another exciting prospect to come out of Argentina and be destined for Europe. AC Milan are unlikely to be the only club calling the Estadio Monumental in January but River have safeguarded their asset with this new deal.

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