Meanwhile, Diego Armando Barrado will be joining Olimpo, a side that was recently promoted to Primera. Although a $400,000 transfer was speculated, Barrado will only be joining Rivarola's team on loan, due to River's high hopes of a raise in his price tag. Possible reinforcements? The closest one at the moment seems to be Marcelo Carrusca's $200,000 loan in. The ex-Estudiantes player is currently playing for Galatasaray (Turkey) and is excited about the chance of joining River. Luckily for us, he can play in two positions we lack players in: left-midfielder and playmaker. The negative part of this transfer would be that, in order for him to be a starter, either Matias Abelairas (left wing) or Augusto Fernandez (right/central midfielder) would have to be left out. These two players have been great lately and have been a key part of the team's recent improvement. I am hoping Carrusca's possible arrival doesn't stand in the way of their playing time.
As for our team, River defeated Shimizu S-Pulse by a margin of 1-0, with Matias Abelairas once again being our savior. This means that we would proceed to play the final vs. Bolton Wanderers by just tieing vs. Lyon on Thursday.