The Argentinos striker joined the long list of players who played at Xeneize and ended up at other clubs.
Everything is understood. The situation in the country, the soaring of the blue dollar, the efforts of the leaders and how difficult it is for Boca to negotiate with other clubs in the country that, it is known, always ask for more according to the color of the shirt. The point is that the Xeneize it failed in almost all of its attempts to add quality players and today it appears to have fewer resources than before the pandemic. This Saturday, Damien Batallini, the forward Juan Román Riquelme wanted, confirmed that at the end of the year he will play in Mexico, on loan for one year and with an option to buy.
Whether Boca needs reinforcements or not is another matter, part of another discussion. With what he has (or had), it was enough for him to be the best of 2020 and after the stoppage he qualified without disheveled to the second round of the Cup. But from the Football Council itself they had set the goal of incorporating players in several sectors of the field. First, Boca went for the top. By figures from Europe and Argentine soccer. In all cases, the result was the same.
The first entry, according to the compilation made Ole, was Mauricio Isla, free from Fenerbahce. The Chilean was an old weakness of Roman, the player whom he had already gone to look for in January, shortly after assuming and to whom he had even talked about money. Isla flirted with Boca until the last minute and even bought the club with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. But when the Council rushed it, he got off and signed with Flamengo.
Another selection player who said no to Román was Edinson Cavani, although the Matador It was more a dream than a possibility: at Manchester United he will earn ten million euros per season.
Later, Roman and company narrowed their search to the South American market. To replace Junior Alonso, one of Miguel Russo’s priorities, they made the attempt for the Colombian William Tesillo, from the Lion of Mexico, but there was no way forward.
The alternative was Marcos Rojo, but Riquelme called him and the former Students preferred to return to Europe so as not to betray the Click. In that position, today Boca has Izquierdoz, López, Zambrano and the youthful Ávila, who played just 8 minutes in Primera. Another defender for whom Boca made arrangements was Fabricio Bustos, from Independiente, who also preferred to stay at his club.
Now, the almost closed sale of Batallini to Mexican soccer once again made clear Boca’s difficulties in hiring players, also from the midfield forward. Silvio Romero did not arrive. Cecilio Dominguez, neither. Calleri and Carrillo did not want to know anything about returning to the country and the Animal she already has her bags packed to leave in December. The option is one and a half million for 50% of the pass. Impossible for Boca? It looks like it is.
For now, the Boca market has been quite austere. Cardona came on loan to replace Bebelo Reynoso (he went to MLS) and Javier García, the third goalkeeper, returned to the club after eight years to take the place left by Marcos Díaz (Rossi also returned, today the first alternative for Andrada ). Later, beyond the players who returned from their loans (Maroni, Bou, Retegui and company) all were casualties: Alonso, Marcone, Hurtado, Weigandt, Sebastián Pérez and the disaffected Villa and Almendra.
The pass book in Argentina closes only on the last day before the tournament starts, which would be Friday, October 30. For now, Boca did not hit her. And when it was least expected, he lost Batallini.