Ignacio Pussetto closes on $12 million Udinese switch; Huracán move for Juan Garro to replace

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After an outstanding campaign for Huracán, Ignacio Pussetto looked destined to make the leap to Europe and despite a fleeting link to MLS club New York Red Bulls, the 22-year-old is set to sign for Udinese.

A fee of around $12 million has been agreed with 80 per cent of that going to Huracán and the remaining 20 owed to former club Atlético de Rafaela.

Holding out for that figure had been Huracán’s intention and with Pussetto training separately over the past few days it was clear that Gustavo Alvaro would be making plans without last season’s leading scorer.

Those plans would appear to include Juan Garro, who shares the same agent as Pussetto, and has reportedly already agreed a switch from Godoy Cruz to form part of a new-look Globo attack.

The money Udinese are willing to pay is impossible for Huracán to turn down but Pussetto will undoubtedly be missed in Parque Patricios next season. The 22-year-old was a key factor behind El Globo sealing Copa Libertadores football in 2019 and while Gustavo Alfaro’s side lacked goals for much of the campaign it was Nacho’s pace and versatility across the attack that provided the cutting edge.

Arriving from Atlético de Rafaela for $1.4 million in 2016, Pussetto was most often used off the right but is equally capable of playing on the opposite flank or up front and his nine goals and five assists last season were invaluable.

Udinese confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Juan Musso earlier on Wednesday and Pussetto will be joining up with the former Racing Club number one and compatriots Rodrigo de Paul and Maxi López in Italy.

Godoy Cruz vs Libertad de Paraguay 04/05/17 Foto: Mario Quinteros

With time to prepare for Pussetto’s exit, Huracán look to have swiftly brought in Juan Garro after an impressive season with Superliga runners-up Godoy Cruz.

The 25-year-old forward was the supply line for centre forward Santiago García in Mendoza and his pace and ability to beat the full-back will provide many of the qualities that Huracán looked to Pussetto for.

Garro arriving at the Estadio Tomás A. Ducó for around $2 million represents good business for Huracán and ahead of preparing the squad for the 2019 Copa Libertadores, Alfaro will likely see a few more additions.

The possible loan moves for River Plate pair Marcelo Larrondo and Iván Rossi may not excite after the duo both struggled to make any impact at the Monumental. However, if Larrondo and Rossi can re-establish the form that saw River come calling in the first place, Huracán will have two useful signings.

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