A first call-up to the Argentina squad, two decisive match winning goals for Vélez Sarsfield and now a European transfer signed and sealed. It’s been quite the ten days or so for Nicolás Domínguez.
The 21-year-old midfielder flew to Italy this week for a medical and completed a transfer to Serie A club Bologna which will see Domínguez remain at boyhood club Vélez until potentially June 2020 before eventually linking up with the Rossoblu.
This move could happen at the end of the year but either way it represents a good deal for all involved. Domínguez continues his development in the familiar surroundings of Vélez under the capable eye of Gabriel Heinze, the club benefit from the midfielder remaining a central part of the starting eleven and Bologna secure the rights of one of Argentina’s most promising talents.
In order to do that Bologna have reportedly paid €7.3 million for 65% ownership plus potential add-ons with Domínguez signing a five-year deal. The academy product will remain at Vélez until at least December, although more likely to June 2020 [via @AgustinSileo].
✍️ | UFFICIALE #Domínguez è del Bologna ✅
— Bologna Fc 1909 (@BfcOfficialPage) August 30, 2019
Honoured as the Superliga’s best midfielders at the end of season awards some months ago, Domínguez’s €10 million release clause was always likely to garner interest from abroad and a terrific start to the new campaign would only have intensified interest.
Three goals in four games has seen Domínguez already match his tally for last season and while Vélez have started the new season a little slowly, the 21-year-old has been honing the art of making late runs in behind the backline to showcase his finishing ability.
But despite what those goals may suggest Domínguez is not some typical Argentine number ten looking to play in the space just off a centre forward but rather a modern box-to-box midfielder equally capable of grafting in the middle of the pitch.
“My characteristics are on the ball, to think and organise the game. My examples are Marco Verratti, Luka Madrid and Toni Kroos,” Domínguez said on Argentine radio.
🇦🇷🇮🇹 #Vélez arribó a un acuerdo con el Bologna (@BfcOfficialPage) por la transferencia y préstamo de Nicolás Domínguez. El mediocampista se encuentra viajando a Italia para cumplir con la revisión médica correspondiente. pic.twitter.com/tyjT8O77e3
— Vélez Sarsfield (@Velez) August 29, 2019