River Plate, despite the recent defeat against Talleres in Córdoba, continues to lead the Professional League of Argentine soccer alone. Although the millionaire team remains firm in the local tournament, the leadership already has its sights set on the next semester and on possible reinforcements that will strengthen the team to compete in the Copa Libertadores if it advances to the final phase.
The coach Martín Demichelis, in charge of planning for the next transfer market, will be aware not only of possible incorporations, but also of the players who could leave the club. In this sense, one of the fundamental pillars of the River Plate team is in the orbit of a South American football giant, endangering its continuity in the Núñez team.
Sampaoli demands that Flamengo sign a River Plate star
According to information from Brazil, Jorge Sampaolicurrent coach of flamencointends to take one of the outstanding players from the team led by Marcelo Gallardo: Nicholas De La Cruz. The talented 25-year-old Uruguayan midfielder is considered one of the great figures of Demichelis’ team and has aroused the interest of the Brazilian club.
Flamengo, after securing the arrival of Luiz Araújo from MLS Atlanta United, has set its sights on De la Cruz. The Uruguayan midfielder, who recently renewed his contract with River until December 2025, has 50% of his shared pass between the Argentine club and Liverpool from Uruguay.
In this sense, it is expected that any negotiation for his transfer will involve both parties. The possible departure of Nicolás De la Cruz would mean an important loss for River Plate, since the Uruguayan has become a key piece in Marcelo Gallardo’s scheme.
His technical skills and goal-scoring ability have made him an influential player on the millionaire team. River’s leadership must carefully evaluate the offers that may come for De la Cruz and make a decision that is beneficial for the club in sporting and economic terms.
Meanwhile, Núñez’s team will seek to reverse its situation in the Copa Libertadores after the recent defeat suffered against Fluminense, keeping the focus on the challenges that lie ahead both nationally and internationally.