Ins and outs for the two giants of Argentine football: champions Boca Juniors appear to have lost Neri Cardozo against their wishes, whilst new River Plate manager Néstor Gorosito is on the verge of making his first signing, Colombian centre back Humberto Mendoza. Independiente have some good news: Daniel Montenegro isn’t going anywhere.
Cardozo has apparently walked out on Boca on Sunday after finally growing tired of the lack of starting action he got under Carlos Ischia’s managership. His contract was due to expire at the end of the Clausura, but he’s already agreed a deal with Mexican club Jaguares de Chiapas against the directors’ wishes (aged only 22, he can’t yet buy out the remainder of his contract under FIFA regulations). Since they won’t otherwise get a single peso for the player who scored a crucial goal in the 2007 Club World Cup semi-final, Boca will now take the player and his new club to a tribunal to settle a compensation fee.
Happier news for River, who have all but secured the signature of 24-year-old Mendoza (pictured) from Atlético Nacional, with whom he won three Colombian titles in a four year spell after joining from his hometown club, Atlético Bucaramanga. Personal terms had already been agreed but an accord now seems to have been struck regarding the status of the player’s registration too. Nacional had wanted to sell him outright, but instead River will take him on loan for one year with an option to buy. The news is a fillip for Gorosito, who’ll be taking charge of his first training session on Monday.
Independiente’s return to training, meanwhile, will be brightened by the news that a key member of their attacking setup, Daniel Montenegro, is staying put. Rolfi had been widely expected to leave, and the club had already lined up Mario Bolatti as his replacement. For his part, Bolatti, who’s not getting a look-in at Portuguese champions Porto, has confirmed he still wants to return to Argentina to revitalise his career.