Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Transfer Market News

There are still 2 or 3 more weeks until teams start their pre season trainings but some of them have started moving the transfers market.

* Boca : they were the worst defensive team in Clausura, conceding 38 goals in 19 games so they've made top priority to improve in this area. Newell's central defender Juan Manuel Insaurralde, who was in the initial 30 players list of the Argentina national team but was cut out later, is their new player for next season, and new coach Claudio Borghi asked the club board to make their best effort to get Argentinos Junior's defender Matias Caruzzo, captain of Clausura champion.
Their other priority is to renew contract with two historic club players : playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme (who will probably miss more than half of next Apertura recovering from a knee surgery) and the club all time top scorer, Martin Palermo, who is in South Africa with the Argentina NT. Both negotiations don't look easy because teams from Brazil and Mexico are want them as well, but club president Jorge Ameal talked to the press and was confident that they will stay.

* Colon : much more was expected from the Santa Fe team in Clausura, but a quick elimination from Copa Libertadores brought the team's mood down, and they won only one game of the last 14, as they also lost their chance to qualify to Copa Sudamericana which was another priority for them.
A few days into the offseason one of their best players and big young promise, 19 years old playmaker Facundo Bertoglio, was sold to Ukrania's Dynamo Kiev in over 4 million U$S, so to replace him they brought 25 years old playmaker/striker Federico Higuain (brother of Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain), who is coming from a great season playing for Godoy Cruz.
Bolivia national team captain, central defender Ronald Raldez and Newell's left defender Juan Quiroga (who was a reserve for most of the last season) were also acquired to improve a defense that conceded 32 goals in the 19 games of Clausura.

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