Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Transfer Market News
Slowly, the transfer market in Argentina keeps moving.
To the usual thousands of rumours, there are some transfers close to be confirmed.
* Velez : defender Nicolas Otamendi, 22 years old and champion with Velez in Clausura 2009 where he was one of the top players, is close to sign with Italy's AC Milan for 10 million euros. The transfer is currently delayed only because Otamendi is in South Africa with the Argentina NT.
* Estudiantes : the La Plata team will also miss one of their top defenders next season because 31 years old central defender Leandro Desabato will be transferred to Mexico's Tigres de Monterrey.
His replacement could be Fernando Ortiz, a 32 years old defender who was playing in Mexico the last 3 years, and was champion playing for Estudiantes in Apertura 2006.
The team's top scorer in Copa Libertadores 2009 and in this last season, Mauro Boselli, could also leave the team. His contract also belongs in a 50% to Boca Juniors so both teams need to agree if they accept England's Wigan offer of 9 million dollars.
* Boca : 23 years old offensive midfielder Damian Escudero is close to sign with Boca after they buy a 50% of his contract from Spain's Villarreal.
Escudero was transferred to the spanish team in 2008 after starting his career in Velez Sarsfield, but he never was able to show his skills because he was on the bench for for most of the last 2 years playing for Villarreal and Valladolid.
Boca is also looking for a new goalkeeper, and Banfield's captain Cristian Luchetti, champion in Apertura 2009 seems to be their main priority.
* Arsenal : ex Chacarita striker Matias Alustiza, who was on loan in Spain's relegated club Xerez for the last 6 months, will play for Arsenal next season.
Alustiza is a fast and skilled player that will replace Franco Jara, a good striker and the team's top scorer last season, who was transferred to Portugal's Benfica for 5.5 million euros.
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