Pochettino, about to become the first reinforcement of River

The last champion of Argentine football, the one who closed his year in a big way with the news of the continuity of Marcelo Gallardo and having won the local title that was the pending of the DT, is one of those who faces strong the season that begins even when He has not even said goodbye in 2021. And in the midst of that intensity, his first welcome appears already closed: the midfielder Tomás Pochettino agreed by word with the millionaire club and is close to becoming Gallardo’s first reinforcement, after the entity de Núñez reached an agreement with Austin FC, who plays in the US MLS, for the pass of the player who emerged in Boca.

The 25-year-old footballer will come to River on loan for a year and a half with a charge and with a purchase option, which is still unknown. The midfielder found his best form at Talleres de Córdoba and last season he joined Austin FC, a team in which he played 31 games, with two goals and one assist to his credit.

Originally from Rafaela, Pochettino made his debut in the Primera with the xeneize jersey in November 2015, but did not have many opportunities to play and ended up on loan to Defensa y Justicia and then to Talleres, who sold him for 2.2 million euros to the MLS team.

The idea of ​​the leadership is that, to that of Pochettino, the hiring of Juan Fernando Quintero and Fabricio Bustos will be added in the coming days. Due to the talented Colombian midfielder, everything is well advanced with Shenzhen FC of China, while the right-back will end his contract with Independiente next June, he will not renew and Rojo could agree to sell it to capitalize on it.

But even if these two possibilities are realized, which excite every millionaire fan, there is still more. Because not only reinforcements arrive at River but also the voice of command of the historical ones, such as Jonatan Maidana and Javier Pinola, who are preparing the renewal of their contracts for one more year to continue with the Gallardo process as references within the dressing room. .

Although neither of the two had continuity within the field of play due to injuries and due to the good performances of Paulo Díaz, David Martínez and Robert Rojas, the DT asked them to remain in the group for another year – it coincides with the extension time of contract signed by DT- even more after the departure of captain Leonardo Ponzio. Maidana, who is 36, would add his 12th season at the club he joined in 2011, while Pinola, 38, would reach his fifth season if he continues. “Everything will be heading for next week,” they confided to Telam from the club and confirmed the oral agreement for the players to sign before the start of the preseason on January 8.

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More work or time requires, however, the other negotiations around the contracts that also expire in 2022. Such is the situation of Julián Álvarez -tied to a possible important sale-, Fabrizio Angileri -in doubt even to travel to the preseason-, Benjamin Rollheiser -both the club and the player want a five-year signing- and Bruno Zuculini -and he showed his renewal intentions and would agree to return from the holidays-.

While the details for the renovations of Pinola and Maidana are being refined and those of other of their companions are being directed, the first thing that will materialize as a novelty for this River 2022 will be the arrival of Pochettino, who after the verbal agreement will sign these days the contract that joins him to the team as the first millionaire reinforcement.

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