Transfer talk

Two transfer signings involving Spanish clubs have also involved Argentines today, with one rather more polemic than the other. Jonás Gutiérrez, having impressed at Real Mallorca and broken into the selección, has followed compatriots Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano and Julio Arca (among others) to England, where he signs for Newcastle United. Recreativo Huelva, meanwhile, are infuriating Boca Juniors president Pedro Pompilio by claiming to have signed a player under contract to the Xeneize until 2012.

Gutiérrez, whose arrival at St. James’s Park is illustrated on Newcastle’s official site, bizarrely, by a picture of Kevin Keegan celebrating one of his side’s goals, has moved from Mallorca for an undisclosed fee. For a promising player to move to one of Keegan’s sides may not seem an immediately obvious move to make, but perhaps recent rumours of former Chelsea and Leeds chairman Ken Bates’s interest in the Spanish island club have encouraged him to leave. Gutiérrez, 25 this weekend, was part of the young Vélez Sársfield side which won the Primera A title in the 2005 Clausura, before moving to Mallorca where he’s scored five times in 94 matches.

Recreativo de Huelva, Spain’s oldest football club, who avoided relegation from the Spanish first division on the last day of last season, have signed Boca Juniors youngster Sebastián Nayar amid a lot of angry posturing from Boca. Nayar was regarded at the Casa Amarilla (‘yellow house’), Boca’s training complex, as a promising prospect for the future if, at the age of 20, there was no expectations of him reaching the level of the greats. With just one first team match under his belt for Boca, Nayar travelled to Spain on Tuesday on a one-way ticket, and has signed a four-year contract with Recre which will see him paid around €400,000 per annum.

Nayar’s declarations on TyCSports’ Estudio Fútbol on Wednesday were scathing towards Boca: ‘I’ve left because I didn’t feel valued… I turned down other offers… and when my agent went to negotiate my new contract, they offered me AR$3,000 per month [about US$1,000]. And I’m fed up of it.’

That last point is where the controversy lies. Nayar’s Boca contract ran out on the 30th June, leaving him free to talk to other clubs. On the same day, however, Boca presented to the AFA what they claimed was a newly-signed contract extension tying Nayar to the club until 2012, on a monthly wage of AR$6,000. Nayar and his agent claim the document is in fact a pre-contract, not binding either according to FIFA regulations or to legal regulations*, and that the player was indeed free to move. Boca, though, will appeal in an attempt to get compensation. Watch this space, because this one could run and run…

* Not that I’d ever try to suggest the two were other than totally compatible, of course.

13 thoughts on “Transfer talk

  1. Why on earth would it be an obvious move to make for Jonas?, Newcastle where on the up under Keegan last season and with good players arriving they might be a top 6 candidate next season.

  2. What are the possibilities of a Somoza-Escudero swap deal happening between Villarreal and Velez do you reckon?
    I’ve read a few reports today but I’m not convinced it’s going to happen yet.
    It would be a great deal however though!
    Oh yeah Villarreal have also signed Ibagaza too.

  3. Ibagaza? Why? Where is he going to play? He’s a typical enganche that plays behind the strikers and isn’t comfortable playing on the flank. Seems like a waste of money too me, even if it’s not that much for Villarreal.

  4. Newcastle still can’t defend, will never be able to defend, and with the likes of Blackburn, Spurs (much improved), Villa, and Portsmouth around, I’ll eat my hat if they finish top 6.

  5. I heard Milito is closer to Juve/Roma. Also Valencia are supposed to be trying to line him up if Villa leaves.

    Any news on who Boca are going to bring in to partner Palermo? I heard that the Mauro Zarate move is pretty well dead.

  6. I haven’t seen any news lately about Palacio’s possible replacement at Boca. There has been more talk about who is leaving than who might be coming. One minute Pompilio is talking Dinho, and the next he is talking up the prospects on the junior squad.

  7. yeah or Ischia starts talking up Castroman! There really isn’t anyone who I can think of that sounds like a natural replacement for Palacio. The only guy that seems even remotely intriguing would be Bergessio but I think he’ll probably stay at San Lorenzo.

  8. I think Ibagaza may play a deeper role for us, more likely in a 4-5-1 formation. For 1.5 ME I think it’s a good deal plus he brings loads of experience.
    The Escudero signing has been confirmed, it remains to be seen if he will join up with us this year.
    I don’t know much about him so any info would be great !

  9. Castroman ! He was worthless for Boca ! He’s just taking up room on the bench that a more promising player could fill. Hopefully Boca is talking up whatever good points he has so they can dispatch him to somebody else !!

  10. Yeah, Castroman was really shockingly bad the few times he got on the pitch.

    Does anyone know of anywhere that has a transfer log for Argentina?

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