Ariel Ortega agreed with the River Plate board on Tuesday to go out on loan for a season to Mendoza club Independiente Rivadavia, of Primera B Nacional. Ortega turned down the chance to move to the United Arab Emirates to play a season for Al Mir Sports due to the distance from his family and the need to seek professional help for his alcohol addiction. At the same time, Federico Nieto will play a season for Banfield, also on loan from the business who own his registration, with the option for the club to buy him outright next year. That move comes after his planned move to Racing fell through. And down by the Riachuelo, Boca are close to losing Jesús Dátolo to Fluminense – and Jonathan Maidana might be going with him.
The good news for Boca is that Rodrigo Palacio’s back from the injury which dogged him during pre-season, and scored in training on Wednesday. The bad news is that Fluminense’s offer of around US$10 million for Dátolo and Maidana could well prove too good to turn down, especially given that even before Maidana entered the equation, Flu were already claiming to have offered Dátolo a contract on better terms than the new one he’s just signed at La Bombonera. For their own part, Boca are close to signing their two winter-long transfer targets, Spanish midfielder Iván Moreno y Fabianesi and Ignacio Piatti from the two La Plata clubs, Estudiantes and Gimnasia respectively.