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Centurión nightclub scrap puts end to Boca move

By Dan Edwards
For the Herald

If it was a week to forget for Boca’s head honcho with regards to CONMEBOL, he will at least be able to console himself with some excellent, if expensive news from his own club. The Xeneize struck out with a host of eye-catching signings in a statement of intent for the coming season, where it will attempt to defend the Primera División title won back in June.

Colombian playmaker Edwin Cardona joined from Monterrey, while Boca also clinched the loan signing of promising ex-Huracán attacker Cristian Espinoza who returns to Argentina from Spain’s Villarreal.

One star who will not be lining up at the Bombonera again, however, is Ricardo Centurión. The troubled winger had seemed set for a return to the club where he spent last season on loan, leaving Genoa in the lurch even after travelling to Italy for a medical. But an unseemly nightclub scrap almost the moment he stepped off the plane — the umpteenth indiscretion on the youngster’s lengthy record — led to second thoughts in the camp. The transfer was called off almost as sensationally as it had been announced; nevertheless the Xeneize now boasts a formidable offensive line-up, leaving it well-positioned to go for the Primera and the Libertadores in the next 18 months.

Not that Guillermo Barros Schelotto will have thing all his own way. Racing sealed the signings of Andrés Ibargüen and Augusto Solari to strengthen its own ranks, while River, with the likes of Javier Pinola, Enzo Pérez and Ignacio Scocco already confirmed, has plenty itself to challenge its arch-rivals. Independiente, meanwhile, might just pull off the transfer coup of the winter: young Argentinos Juniors marshal Estebán Rolón, who has drawn comparisons with namesake Cambiasso and who could follow the ex-Inter man’s career path from the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona to Avellaneda.

There is still plenty of time for more surprises in the transfer market. While the likes of Boca and Racing have most likely finished their spending spree, expect more action from the Rojo and also San Lorenzo, which has cut a low profile so far with the arrival of just a few names. With the deadline for new names coming as late as August 20 plenty more comings and goings are guaranteed over the next month.

 

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