Published on July 31st, 2018 | by Peter Coates0
5 signings to watch in this season’s Argentinean Superliga🕓 Reading time: 3 minutes
The window is still open but there has been plenty of activity ahead of the Argentinean Superliga season that kicks off soon. Here are 5 new faces to watch
Mauro Zárate – Boca Juniors
After eight goals in 13 appearances from his loan back at boyhood club Vélez Sarsfield last season, everything was agreed for Mauro Zárate to make the move permanent. However, a last-minute change of heart saw Boca Juniors make a deal with Watford and the controversial move has disgusted Zárate’s own family and led to death threats from Vélez supporters.
Vélez supporters are taking Mauro Zárate's decision to join Boca instead well – with hindsight probably wasn't best for the striker to repeatedly say that he'd never play for another club & then have the club all but announce he was staying before jumping ship https://t.co/RwGz1L6MbE
— Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) July 2, 2018
A questionable mentality aside there is no doubting Zárate’s qualities and he joins the stacked Boca squad as they attempt to claim a seventh Copa Libertadores title.
The arrival of Uruguayan Lucas Olaza has also ruffled feathers and sparked conspiracy theories of the the AFA helping out Boca over the hiring of foreign players but regardless with the additions of Sebastián Villa, Carlos Izquierdoz and goalkeeper Esteban Andrada plus Darío Benedetto back from injury, Boca remain the team to beat.
The main question is how does Guillermo Barros Schelotto keep everyone happy.
Gustavo Bou – Racing Club
There is no doubt that the loss of Lautaro Martínez to Inter is a blow to Racing Club but La Academia managed to bring in one of the few players that could still boost the supporters…Gustavo Bou.
The popular striker left the club a year ago but returns on loan and will once more lead the attack.
Racing’s business is likely not yet done and they were dealt some cruel luck with midfielder Mauricio Martínez rupturing knee ligaments a week after signing but despite reports of disagreements behind the scenes, Eduardo Coudet has an excellent first eleven.
Ezequiel Cerutti – Independiente
And neighbours Independiente are in good shape too. Keeping, extending the contracts and increasing release clauses of Maxi Meza, Martín Benítez, Alan Franco and Fabricio Bustos was already arguably El Rojo’s best business but Ariel Holan has added some talent too.
Ezequiel Cerutti passed his medical today and will sign his one-year loan deal (w/ option to buy for $4.5M) tomorrow before heading to Japan with the squad https://t.co/LkatBunXOL
— Independiente in Eng (@CAI_english) July 26, 2018
Ezequiel Cerutti arrives on a year-long loan from Saudi club Al-Hilal and if the 26-year-old can reproduce the form that saw him leave San Lorenzo six months ago, then Independiente;s attack will be formidable.
But the likes of Pablo Hernández and Francisco Silva should also boost the starting eleven with Carlos Benavídez and Guillermo Burdisso further improving the squad.
Juan Garro – Huracán
Improving on last season’s fourth placed finish looks a stretch for Huracán, particularly after losing Ignacio Pussetto to Udinese but that is not to say that El Globo haven’t recruited well.
Juan Garro arrived after being a key figure in Godoy Cruz’s splendid campaign last term and will provide (at least in theory) the pace and trickery out wide that has been lost since the sales of Pussetto and Alejandro Romero Gamarra previously.
#Huracán | El "Globo" de Parque Patricios hizo la presentación oficial de sus 3 refuerzos: Iván Rossi (A préstamo de River), Juan Garro (de Godoy Cruz) y Lucas Gamba (de Unión). pic.twitter.com/hcOGzh8bso
— Todo Gol (@TodoGol2018) July 22, 2018
Lucas Gamba, Carlos Auzqui, Iván Rossi, Saúl Salcedo and Omar Alderete could all bring a great deal of worth to Gustavo Alfaro’s side and Huracán will be hoping for another positive season.
Juan Pablo Vojvoda – Talleres
And perhaps the same can be said of Talleres, who managed to hold on for a fifth-placed finish and seal a historic Copa Libertadores spot in the process last season.
Quite the achievement to follow but that is exactly what Juan Pablo Vojvoda must do. Previous manager Frank Kudelka had led La T all the way from the third tier into the Libertadores but after parting ways, it is now up to Vojvoda to maintain that level.
The 43-year-old had done an outstanding job at Defensa y Justicia and now faces a new challenge. Talleres are always having to cope with the departure of key players but former West Ham and Leeds United forward Brian Montenegro along with young Boca trio – Andrés Cubas, Tomás Pochettino and Gonzalo Maroni are potentially exciting additions.