Soccer — Transfer windowSunday, July 27, 2014
Sergio Romero signs for Benfica
LISBON, Portugal — After a fantastic World Cup in Brazil, Argentina national team goalkeeper Sergio Romero was transferred to Benfica of Portugal yesterday.
Italian sports journal La Gazzeta dello Sport said that Romero, whose transfer belonged to Sampdoria of Italy, but was on loan in Monaco of France, signed for Benfica for 800,000 euros.
The goalie arrives to Benfica to replace Jan Oblak of Slovenia, who was transferred to Atlético Madrid of Spain for US$16 million.
The former Racing player, 27, was loaned to Monaco last season, but only played three matches.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella had faith on him and used him in the first team. He had a fantastic performance in the World Cup, in which he saved two penalties in a shootout against the Netherlands in the semifinals to advance to the decider game.
Villarreal of Spain signed the 80 percent of Argentine striker Luciano Vietto from Racing for US$5.5 million.
The Córdoba-born, 20, will travel to Spain tomorrow and on Tuesday will sign his contract for five years.
With this transfer, Racing sold its third player who started in the club’s youth divisions before the new season starts. Rodrigo De Paul was transferred to Valencia of Spain and Bruno Zuculini to Manchester City of England.
Vietto, a former Under-20 national team player, will have his first experience outside Argentina since his debut with Diego Simeone as coach against Lanús on October 26, 2011.
With the arrival of Diego Cocca as the new Racing boss, the forward was behind Gabriel Hauche and Diego Milito in the first team.
Racing signed eight players before the beginning of the Transition Tournament next weekend.
Also, attacking midfielder Matías Pérez García left Tigre to sign with San Jose Earthquakes of the United States. The 29-year-old rejected offers from Racing and Independiente to continue his career in the Major League Soccer.
Herald staff with agencies