Rivals for attention

Andrés D’Alessandro has already expressed an eagerness to return home to Buenos Aires for a six-month loan spell, in order to keep match-fit and playing first-team football, since he’s not being considered regularly for the starting lineup at Real Zaragoza. His former club River Plate were his preferred destination, but Ramón Díaz, who was in charge for a fair bit of El Cabezón‘s spell at River, is now in charge at San Lorenzo and wants him there. And Díaz’s job of persuasion could have just become a little easier thanks to Rodrigo Archubi’s move to River…

Of course, Zaragoza don’t actually want to let D’Alessandro go anyway. ‘There’s chance of him leaving,’ club communications officer Manuel de Miguel told Spanish press on Thursday. ‘We can’t let a jewel like him go. His agent consulted us over the possibility of sending him out on loan and we gave a definite negative right away.’

The talk surrounding River has died down lately as a deal on their part for former Lanús playmaker Rodrigo Archubi. It’s been a drawn-out process because Lanús still owned part of Archubi’s registration following his transfer to Greek side Olympiakos last year, and didn’t want him going to a domestic rival. Israeli ‘super agent’ Pini Zahavi – a friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich – has now bought Archubi’s registration in full on behalf of Polish club Polonia Warsaw. They’ll loan him to River. The player himself had appealed for a solution which would allow him to go to River, and now travels back to Argentina ‘with optimism.’

All of which leaves San Lorenzo first in line to get D’Alessandro, should Zaragoza back down on their current position. New Cuervo signing Diego Placente talked to Olé on Thursday, expressing his belief that, ‘If Ramón calls D’Alessandro, I’m sure he’ll come… [D’Alessandro] has the quality to make any team into champions… Anyone who was with Ramón at River knows what he is as a coach and what motivates him.’ Will that motivation be enough to make up D’Alessandro’s mind? And more to the point, will it prove sufficient to win over Zaragoza’s directors and get them to let the player move back home for a while?

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