Of the total, 38 players arrived in Europe, but only 12 in the big leagues. Twenty-five did not leave America. And the rest spread to exotic destinations.
Argentine soccer is clearly an exporter. And in times of lean cows and reserves, the dollars that arrive from abroad are a breath of green air for the treasuries. Very despite, of course, the filter of the Central Bank, which delivers pesos and the official exchange rate. Even so, it is still the main income of the clubs.
The pandemic changed the rules of the market. And if in Europe no one pays 100 million euros for a player, in South America the value is much lower than the termination clause. Today, the clubs are in liquidation and the footballers, hungry for hard currency.
In that sense, there was 89 footballers who crossed the border from Argentina and since the second half of 2020 they are scattered in different parts of the world.
Of the total, 38 players arrived in Europe, but only 12 in the big leagues; 25 stayed on the mainland; 5 left for the United States and another 5 for Mexico. The rest spread to exotic destinations: in addition to China and the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Ukraine, Estonia and Saudi Arabia joined in, new horizons for doing business.
Although the ball was quarantined for 7 months, the First Division clubs took advantage of the stoppage. They broke the internal market with the end of the contracts in June, established salary cuts and offered pesified salaries and well below what the leaders had signed before the pandemic devastated.
Among the 24 teams that will participate in the 2020 Professional Soccer League Cup, they added 115 reinforcements; 65 of them, that is to say more than half, arrived free; 48 were incorporated into a loan or returned from their assignments in other clubs and hardly any money was invested in direct purchase for … 2 players.
Marcelo Gallardo decided not to empower the team with external resources it was River and he managed with the players he had in the squad. In addition to the casualties of Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s), Juan Fernando Quintero (Shenzhen of China) and Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), of course.
Only Jorge Moreira returned, after his stint at the Portland Timbers of the United States MLS.
Boca, on the other hand, brought Edwin Cardona on loan for 18 months from Tijuana, which will pay half of the Colombian’s salary. Later, he joined Javier García, free from Racing. Far from the days when Daniel Angelici threw the Bombonera out the window in the sales area, Jorge Ameal chose austerity.
Racing was only reinforced with two players who arrived with the pass in their power: Matías Ibáñez (Lanús) and Lorenzo Melgarejo (Spartak).
Independiente also bet on free practice: Lucas Rodríguez (Tigre), Ezequiel Muñoz (Lanús) and Federico Rotella (Racing). But it spent $ 400,000 on loans from Uruguayans Federico Martínez (recently passed through Central, although the pass is owned by Liverpool from Montevideo) and Sebastián Sosa (Mazatlán from Mexico).
San Lorenzo closed the passes of Jonathan Herrera, on loan from Riestra with option, and Franco Di Santo, free from Atlético Mineiro.
Talleres de Córdoba acquired 50% of Piero Hincapié’s pass for one million dollars. The 18-year-old Ecuadorian arrived from Independiente Del Valle.
Defense and Justice, meanwhile, bought the record of Marcos Ledesma, Quilmes goalkeeper, who only had 30% of the players’ economic rights. The rest was owned by a business group. The amounts were not disclosed.
Central Córdoba was dispatched with a full roster. A Santiago del Estero arrived … 18 players! You have to read the list without losing your breath.
José Luis Fernández (free from Atlético Tucumán); Pablo Palacios Alvarenga (free from San Martín de San Juan); Santiago Rosales (on loan from Racing); Franco Sbuttoni (free from Arsenal); Leandro Vella (free Godoy Cruz); Alejandro Sánchez (free from Atlético Tucumán); Juan Vieyra (Hurricane free); Ariel Rojas (free Atlético Tucumán); Iván Ramírez (free Gymnastics of Mendoza); Lucas Brochero (on loan from Boca); César Taborda (free of Guillermo Brown); Francisco Cerro (free of Defense and Justice); Sebastián Ribas (on loan from Lanús); Nahuel Barrios (on loan from San Lorenzo); Nahuel Banegas (on loan from Villa Dálmine); Jhon Sergio Pereira (on loan from the Aucas of Ecuador); Federico Andueza (on loan from Plaza Colonia de Uruguay) and Claudio Riaño (free from Rosario Central).