Alfio Basile’s first press conference in his new spell as manager of Boca Juniors revealed what he was hoping for from his new bosses. ‘I hope they bring me something,’ he chortled. Well, Coco, you’ve got to find a new way of getting rid of Pablo Migliore for starters, because Racing don’t want him back. Still, there’s better news: Federico Insúa is returning from Mexico, and Gary Medel – the Chilean defender who almost signed for Independiente back in January – could finally be on his way to Buenos Aires too.
I’ll point out first of all that we shouldn’t speak too soon regarding Medel, because his signing for Independiente was reported as confirmed back in January before it transpired that it was nothing of the sort. Boca, though, will be rather more efficient at pushing that deal through than Independiente were. Marcelo London, one of Boca’s directors, told Olé on Monday that all that was wanted were some dotted ‘i’s and crossed ‘t’s, before he boarded a plane to return to Buenos Aires from Chile.
The deal is likely to involve an initial US$300,000 for a one-year loan period, with an agreement that Boca could then sign the player, considered Chile’s most promising young prospect, for US$2 million at the end of that time. In addition to the initial loan fee, Damián Díaz will be joining Medel’s current club, Universidad Católica. Medel is going to be used by Basile, apparently, as a holding midfielder alongside Sebastián Battaglia in Coco‘s favoured doble cinco (two midfielders at the base of midfield with three pushed further on in front).
Federico ‘Pocho‘ Insúa, meanwhile, has already arrived, returning to the club he spent a successful season at in 2005-2006, when Boca won the Recopa, the Copa Sudamericana, and both domestic league titles with Insúa as the main playmaker. Having lost his place in the first team at América de México, and got into some legal problems with their directors, he’s spent the last month in Buenos Aires. Boca have reached a similar loan-and-future-fee agreement with América. Now that Juan Román Riquelme has the #10 shirt, though, it’ll be interesting to see how Insúa is used at La Bombonera.