It has been the saga of the transfer window but on Thursday evening River Plate finally completed the transfer of Paulo Díaz.
As Superliga clubs have busily going about their business over the past month, Copa Libertadores champions River Plate had done nothing except pursue Díaz and while Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli had rejected all overtures, the breakthrough eventually came.
River agreed to a transfer fee of $3,750,000 for 70% with Al-Ahli and Díaz then put pen to paper on a three-year deal with a release clause of €20 million.
A source of frustration for supporters and coach Marcelo Gallardo, who had requested only Díaz following the sale of utility player Camilo Mayada, failure to conclude the deal had threatened to create something of a cloud over the club. But progression in the Copa Libertadores and now the capture of the soon-to-be 25-year-old defender has provided River a timely lift ahead of the business end of their title defence.
Esta tarde, después de una reunión con @RodolfoDonofrio (Presidente), @JorgeBrito (Vicepresidente 1°) e Ignacio Villarroel (Secretario), Paulo Díaz firmó su contrato por tres temporadas y es nuevo jugador de River Plate.
¡Bienvenido al Más Grande! 👏🏼
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— River Plate (@RiverPlate) August 1, 2019