With the champion squad of the Maradona Cup on leave until the 27th, in Boca the work in these weeks corresponds to Miguel Ángel Russo and Juan Román Riquelme, who will define in which positions the team should be strengthened and with what surnames the search will begin.
Although there is a first idea in which both coincide: in this short break, with the start of the competition so close and with the Copa Libertadores starting in the group stage at the end of April, there is not much margin.
Russo’s talks with the club’s vice president, in charge of professional football, took place in recent weeks. Before and after the game with Santos. And there, with his usual calm, Russo left an accurate diagnosis: it is not necessary to incorporate too much but in specific places or where there are casualties.
Marcos Rojo received an offer from Boca and seeks to dissociate himself from Manchester. Photo Mauricio Nievas.
After all, for the coach, this team managed to win the two local tournaments that were played in the 2020 season. The economic context, in the country and globally, is not favorable either. That is why the most important thing for the coach is to retain mostly the players who gave them the most time and filming. Others lost ground.
For the Soccer Council, meanwhile, there are positions in which they analyze options. On the right side, by case, the contracts of Julio Buffarini and of Leonardo Jara they will end in June. For now with none there has been a renewal and in that defense site there is a search thinking in the middle of the year.
Although from Talleres de Córdoba, it was President Andrés Fassi who picked up the phone to try a barter between Nahuel Tenaglia, defender of the Cordovan team, in exchange for a Boca footballer. Agustín Obando? Agustín Almendra? For the first, the idea is to make a trade that even includes certain shared clauses. For Almendra, who will join the practices with the professional staff, they only think of a sale.
Nahuel Tenaglia, left, and his teammate Juan Cruz Komar, fight for the ball with Lisandro López. Photo ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP)
“Playing in Boca would be a dream and if there is the possibility, I hope it will be given to me. Not only for me, but for my family. It would be a beautiful stage of my life,” said Tenaglia in the last hours, exposing his situation. The boy, in fact, was born in the lower league of the club but did not have the chance of a premiere in the highest category. Although beyond his desire, in Talleres they also await a proposal from the MLS and Mexico. That is why in Boca they are expectant before the proposal of Fassi, who maintains a good bond with Juan Román Riquelme. Although Tenaglia is not the only targeted side of Argentine football.
In the rest of the team positions there are variants. Two per position, even with weighty surnames that in the last time were being relegated and that now ask for minutes, like Mauro Zárate. Will you start ahead of Wanchope Ábila in the consideration for what is coming? His situation, like that of Eduardo Salvio and some other footballer with concerns about his future, will be discussed personally and case by case only next week. Why no formal offer has yet entered Boca by someone on campus.
The injury to the Gonzalez Octopus (He had to be operated on and will only be available by the end of March) opened the question in the midfield. Although there are already Capaldo, Campuzano, the juvenile Alan Varela Almendra will be added to them. Do you need someone else in that place? In Boca they think of a midfielder with other characteristics, who is a game and not so much recovery. After all, another Pol Fernandez.
Forward Mauro Zárate lost ground in this Boca and -if there is an offer- it will be analyzed by the club. Photo. EFE / Alejandro Pagni POOL
And then there is the situation of Marcos Rojo, with whom they already contacted months ago and let him know how much the club is willing to pay for his record (a 2-year contract with the chance to extend another one) but they are awaiting a response from him on the separation of Manchester United . Boca will not move from the initial proposal.
With the European pass market very static and with the leagues of the United States and Mexico distant at the beginning, the possibility of movements in this recess seems few. Except for some exotic option like Asia. In Boca, as in River, there are no non-transferable players. But to let them go, proposals are needed that serve the club’s treasury. With money in the box, then Riquelme and company can go out to find surnames. For the immediate. Or for them to join in June.