Two heading for the exit door at River Plate

Radamel Falcao García and Juan Marcelo Ojeda both seem to be on their way out of El Monumental at the end of the Torneo Clausura, after the Colombian striker said that he ‘understands’ that he’s on his way, and interest in the young goalkeeper from Mexican club Atlas continues in spite of complications in his medical examinations.

The problem with the Ojeda deal is being reported as ‘an anomaly in his blood tests’ but isn’t throwing too much of a spanner in the works, with the Mexicans, managed by Ricardo La Volpe, still insisting they want to press ahead with the deal. The plan is to continue talking to the Núñez club about a transfer deal, and to take a decision on Monday over whether the player will be offered a contract, after they’ve seen the full results of the tests. ‘On Monday we’ll make a decision quickly, so that the player can be in a calm state of mind when he attends his medical,’ a club press release stated.

Falcao, meanwhile, was speaking on local radio and said that, ‘the comments that come to me from within the club give me to understand that this [next weekend’s match against Estudiantes] will be my final game.’ According to Portuguese sports daily A Bola, River have yet to reach an agreement with Benfica over a transfer fee, but Falcao also stated that, ‘whilst the club will have to realise my own ambitions [River only own 50% of Falcao’s registration], it’s not my intention to leave them on a free transfer.’ He’s scored ten goals in 2009 for River – somewhere close to one every two matches – and will be a big loss for a team who aren’t exactly setting the world alight even with him playing.

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