Movement of jah people

Next season’s Argentines Abroad (on which note, the HEGS / MA Award winner will be announced on Thursday) are swelling their ranks in the annual exodus from the banks of the Paraná and Río de la Plata (the rivers of Babyl… I’ll stop, shall I? OK). Rodrigo Palacio is finally leaving La Bombonera and Santiago Solari is heading abroad again, Radamel Falcao García’s transfer to Portugal is all but assured and River Plate are subsequently thinking about rebuilding – but not actually bothering to begin the process. As are Racing, whose manager Ricardo Caruso Lombardi has so much faith in his defenders that he’s named a first-team squad for pre-season training which doesn’t include a single goalkeeper. Sort of.

Olé were reporting on Tuesday that, although nothing is yet being said officially, they’ve heard from a senior director at Boca Juniors that Rodrigo Palacio’s transfer to Genoa has been agreed. Genoa, who have just welcomed Hernán Crespo to replace Diego Milito after the latter’s transfer to Internazionale, are bringing in another Argentine striker for only €5 million – Palacio has just one year left on his contract at Boca and would have been free to talk to other parties in six months’ time, with the La Ribera club keen to get some sort of fee for him after bringing him in from Banfield in 2005.

The other move is that of Santiago Solari, the veteran of numerous titles in Spain and Italy, who after a decent season at San Lorenzo is packing his suitcases again and heading for Mexico. According to the official website of CONCACAF Champions League winners Atlante, the Cancún club have agreed to sign the former Real Madrid and Inter midfielder and defender, whose contract with San Lorenzo has expired and is thus available on a free. Atlante already have one Argentine, of course – Federico Vilar, whose performances last season led to inclusion in the squad for the selección.

At Racing, pre-season training began without any goalkeepers in a first-team squad of just fifteen players, but the situation wasn’t entirely of Ricardo Caruso Lombardi’s choosing. Pablo Migliore is expected to become a permanent signing soon after his loan period expired and he was told to present himself at Boca’s training ground on Tuesday. He’ll cost Racing around US$1 million. Gustavo Campagnuolo’s contract has run out and not been renewed, whilst José Luis Martínez Gullotta, along with junior ‘keeper Matías Piñal, isn’t in Caruso Lombardi’s first team plans. With a number of outfield players also relegated to the reserves, there could be a big rebuilding project ahead…

Radamel Falcao García, meanwhile, won’t be joining in River Plate’s training sessions any more. The Colombian’s transfer to Portuguese champions Porto – who have previous with players from the Argentine league, having just allowed Luis González and Lisandro López to move to French clubs after hanging onto them for a couple of years longer than many (well, me at least) thought they would manage – is all but confirmed. Néstor Gorosito won’t be a happy man. The boss with the most luxuriant head of hair in world football will probably want to tear it out with the discovery that not one of the sixteen players he’s asked for to reinforce the first team squad (who says River need some stability?) is close to joining the club. He’d better make the most of his last few days of holiday…

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5 thoughts on “Movement of jah people

  1. Maybe I should turn up at Racing’s training ground with my gloves? Seba, can you put in a good word for me with Lombardi? If Migliore is worth one million, then I should fetch about $75.

  2. WOW ! 1 million for Migliore. I can remember joking that Boca should sell him to anyone for some beef jerky and a 6 pack of suds. Looks like they will make a little more than that on the deal. So what do you think Seba, is Migliore the “face” of Racing now ?

  3. Bon Voyage to Rodrigo Palacio. He has struggled a bit with his form for the past two years, but has always been dangerous, and unlike some of his Boca comrades, has rarely evidenced much irritating ego. Good luck in Genoa Rodrigo !

  4. Arguably there were a couple of Italian teams willing to pay up to 4 million USD for him.

    So it looked like a good piece of business for Racing to buy it at 1 million and maybe sell him at 4. The thing is he will probably be staying now. If he stays and keeps performing like in the Clausura, I’d have no problems.

    If he’s Racing’s face, then we’re looking quite ugly, but I rather have a GK that already knows what it is to play for Racing than no GK at all.

    That said…if an offer comes for him and Racing can make a profit out of it…I’m all for selling him.

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