Don’t worry Racing fans, that’s not Ricardo Caruso Lombardi in the headline. Godoy Cruz striker Leandro Caruso is off to Italy, where he’ll play next season for Udinese after passing a medical. At Huracán, president Carlos Babington wants to keep Javier Pastore at least until the end of the year, so has signed an agreement with the owners of the youngster’s registration to give them compensation if he doesn’t stay that long. And San Lorenzo will have Alejandro Gómez back from Toulon this weekend for the clásico against Pastore & Co.
Argentina’s Under 21s are doing well in the Toulon friendly tournament which began with the demolition of the Netherlands, although I’ve not had time, with the more senior goings-on that are happening, to cover all of it. Alejandro ‘Papu‘ Gómez, though, is wanted back by his club San Lorenzo for this weekend’s derby against Huracán, which will be held at Boca Juniors’ Bombonera. Gómez captained the side against the United Arab Emirates but San Lorenzo boss Diego Simeone wants his full squad available on Saturday and, with Gonzalo Bergessio’s return on Thursday from duty with the senior national side, he’ll have them all.
Pastore will feature in that match too, and in light of interest from Italy (Palermo are said to be considering a US$8 million move) Carlos Babington, two days after his re-election as club president, has announced he wants to keep the young playmaker at the club at least until the new year. To that end he’s come to an agreement with Pastore’s owners that sees 10% of the player’s registration go to Huracán – effectively giving them 10% of any future transfer fee. If a move to Palermo were to happen before the end of the year, Babington would probably also seek to loan the player back for a while from the Italians.
And Leandro Caruso, 28, moves to Udinese, who’ve beaten Chievo Verona to his signature after some impressive goalscoring performances which have moved Godoy Cruz well clear of the relegation dogfight in the Primera A. Caruso has signed a contract for four years and has already taken and passed his medical, and will leave Mendoza after the end of the current Primera A campaign for a fee in the region of US$4 million. He has an EU passport already, which has eased the transfer.