Shopping for Coco

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.

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4 thoughts on “Shopping for Coco

  1. Big changes at Boca, no ? It’s nice to see Insua returning to Boca, though I hope he is still the same player. After knee surgery and a few years in Mexico, things can change. I hear Medel can be a trouble maker, but I hope that is more rumor than anything else. If Battaglia leaves for Italy, as has been speculated, then there will be a huge defensive hole where he and Vargas used to be.

    And who is going to be up front with Palermo ? No Palacio and no Lucho. I still don’t think either Mouche or Noir have what it takes. Viatri-forget it.

    I hope Bianchi knows what he is doing.

      1. And in addition, it appears Migliore is back with Boca. I was in denial and hoping beyond hope that some sort of mistake had been made. Coco should surround Pato with bodyguards and anti pig flu devices to make sure he stays healthy. Migliore, on the other hand, should be drugged and paraded through La Boca dressed in River Plate clothing.


    FIXTURE LIST WILL BE OUT SOON. Here’s the first week and some marquee matches. I’m feeling lazy, so I’m not going to translate the paragraph below the list of matches, but I guess you get the idea.

    Boca vs. Argentinos
    Banfield vs. River
    Chacarita vs. Tigre
    Huracán vs. Lanús
    Coón vs. Vélez
    Arsenal vs. Estudiantes
    Gimnasia vs. Godoy Cruz
    San Lorenzo vs. Atlético de Tucumán
    Independiente vs. Newell´s

    River vs. Boca, en la décima. En la fecha 5 juegan San Lorenzo-Racing; en la 6° el clásico de Avellaneda; en la 10°, el 18 de octubre, se enfrentan River y Boca; en la 15° jugarán Huracán y San Lorenzo y Newells frente a Rosario Central, y en la 16° San Lorenzo-Boca.

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