Who is this kid? His name is Diego Buonanotte. He is a playmaker and is currently only 18 years old. Other than the few Adidas commercials he appeared in, as well as the constant praising from previous coaches and the press, "el enano" slowly started disappearing off the surface of stardom. Not much was heard of him until now, when several coaches from other clubs have requested him as a reinforcement for next semester. Colon, Newell's Old Boys, and Olimpo are all interested in him, and they all share one thing in common: faith in the youngster. All three have some sort of connection that indicates that he will be a great player. Colon and Olimpo have ex-River coaches (Leonardo Astrada and Guillermo Rivarola -reserves coach-), who both worked closely with the lower divisions. Newell's' coach, meanwhile, has several close friends/co-workers who have convinced the manager of Diego's capabilities. If a player is able to attract so much attention, yet with so little experience in Primera, it must be for a reason.
What may have really attracted the teams, though, is Buonanotte's depression of not gaining minutes with the first team. He is said to have been willing to switch clubs for minutes, something his talent could get him in many other places. With Passarella's 4-4-2 formation, it was almost impossible for him to find himself a spot in the starting eleven. Recently, "el Kaiser" declared that he is interested in returning to the classical formation that includes a playmaker. With River doing everything possible to retain him, and Passarella looking to use a #10, will Diego Buonanotte finally start regularly for the team?
The youngster isn't the only one mentioned in transfer news lately: Juan Pablo Carrizo is still wanted by Manchester United, Milan, Lazio, West Ham, Benfica, among other clubs. No team has offered the $10,000,000 euros his price tag requests, so for now he is still a River player. As for possible incorporations, Domingo Salcedo of Cerro Porteño (Paraguay) has been offered. The Paraguayan (picture) is also wanted by Racing, but may end up playing for "los millonarios" if he convinces, due to being a left-winger.
In other news, Gonzalo "Pipita" Higuain won his first official championship yesterday with Real Madrid of Spain. Read more here. Also, the pre-season schedule has been confirmed: the players will be on vacation till July 2nd, and will then train and participate in the Peace Cup till July 21-23rd. The first match of the Torneo Apertura 2007 has high chances of being postponed, due to the late arrival of the club to Argentina.