It has been one of the soap operas of the transfer window but Ramón Wanchope Ábila has finally completed his long awaited transfer to Boca Juniors, albeit via former club Huracán on loan.
The 27-year-old centre forward has spent the last year of his career in Brazil with Cruzeiro but despite a decent goal scoring record, the Raposa had failed to make the agreed payments to Huracán, forcing another move.
Huracán were understandably keen to take the number nine, who led the line for El Globo and played a vital role in the side that lifted the Copa Argentina and reached the Copa Sudamericana final but were unable to finance a deal.
Ábila’s uncertain future allowed long-term admirers Boca Juniors to enter the picture and after weeks of negotiations, the Primera champions have now completed a $1.6 million transfer for the 50% previously bought by Cruzeiro.
Huracán, who remain in the midst of a relegation battle this season and have struggled for goals since the sale of Ábila, will be compensated by Wanchope returning to Parque Patricios on loan until the end of the year. Having scored 54 goals in 109 matches for Huracán, Ábila is a tremendous boost for Gustavo Alfaro’s side ahead of the new season.
Despite signing a three-year deal with Boca, Guillermo Barros Schelotto has no immediate need for another striker with Darío Benedetto, Walter Bou and youngster Marcelo Torres still at the club. However, if Benedetto maintains his form, Europe beckons and from January, Daniel Angelici may aim to partner Wanchope with friend, Carlos Tevez.
“Thank you to everyone involved, Boca, Huracán and my agent,” Ábila confirmed when speaking on Argentine radio.
“I’ll do my best for the months that I’ll be at Huracán. We made a great effort to get to this moment so we are happy.”