Back to where he came from?

Yesterday, HEGS reported that Andrés D’Alessandro’s move to San Lorenzo from Real Zaragoza was all but done. On Thursday, it fell through after the clubs failed to agree a fee. And guess who might be sweeping in to pick up the pieces and bring the player back home? The club of his boyhood, that’s who: River Plate.

Zaragoza wanted €3.5 million for 50% of D’Alessandro’s registration, and the sticking point, apparently, was that San Lorenzo were unprepared to go above the €2.5 million they’d already put on the table. ‘They themselves said that it was impossible,’ explained the player’s agent, Gustavo Mascardi. ‘Here, the numbers [on the cheques] are in euros.’

San Lorenzo will now turn their attention to Gonzalo Bergessio, who they tried to sign previously, from Benfica of Portugal. D’Alessandro, though, had already made up his mind to move back to Argentina, and it seems River could now be willing to step into the breach, although José María Aguilar, the Millonario president, has said that under the conditions they’ve already discussed with Mascardi, the deal won’t be possible.

Quite why Diego Simeone feels he needs any more attacking-midfielders-cum-forwards is a mystery, but all the same, the solution that’s apparently been proposed is a six-month loan deal. Watch this space…

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