Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Seven Million Dollar Man

I was astonished yesterday when I mentioned that River's representative in the National Team squad was going to be Marco Ruben. Even more surprisingly enough, there will no longer be any current River player in the game vs. Guatemala. How come -- was Ruben excluded from the list? No. One of the biggest shocks of the week was made official today, when "los millonarios" confirmed that the ex-Rosario Central foward will be sold to Villarreal of Spain for... seven million dollars! The transfer also guarantees us 15% of a future sale.

In many ways, this is good news. At the moment he was behind Abreu and Falcao, meaning that he wouldn't receive too many minutes this coming season. Not only that, but his statistics in River are anything but impressive (7 goals in 36 games). That's just barely a bit more than 3 goals per season.

Perhaps the best part of this whole sale (putting the economic point aside) is that it nearly confirms that Radamel Falcao Garcia will be staying. Just a few days ago the club mentioned that they were going to sell one of the two fowards, but selling both would enfuriate Diego Simeone. Besides, today they rejected a $12,460,000 offer from Deportivo La Coruna, meaning that Aguilar & Co. are in no hurry to sell this time around.

As for possible incorporations, Sebastian Leto continues being the closest option. Rumour has it that he has his arrival details confirmed and would be arriving on loan, yet without a future transfer clause.


Christian said...

$1 million per goal, not bad!

Locoxriver said...

I agree. If we weren't really covered in the position, it might be something to worry about, but at the moment we have Falcao, Abreu, and Andres Rios (great player, has impressed me a lot more than Ruben). Behind them we have players like Juan Antonio, Lucas Gomez, etc., but they still have to prove themselves.

All in all, I think it was a great transaction, especially considering the large amount of money that will be flowing in to the club for a player that wasn't going to receive too many minutes next season.

- Gonzalo