The two former River Plate players, defender Emanuel Mammana and hitch Juan Fernando Quintero, are the immediate goals of reinforcements that coach Marcelo Gallardo wants to close to start the preseason on January 8.
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Gallardo himself already had contacts with both players, who were the first to notify them that they wanted to return to the club, and the River leadership began the negotiations to be able to hire them next week.
Mammana, to whom River sold for about 8 million euros in July 2016, comes from playing little in Sochi in Russia due to various injuries and his pass that expires in June 2022 belongs to Zenit of the same country.
Being six months away from ending his contract, Mammana can arrange his separation from the Russian club and negotiate personally with River, as his representative Gastón González began to do after the player’s talk with Gallardo.
In the last hours, on social networks, Mammana replied to a fan who wrote that it was “all broken”: “If everything was broken I would not try to return to the club that gave me everything. I would never do something like that.
From River and from the player’s environment they assure him that the agreement has already been made but the debt has yet to be resolved for the time remaining from Mammana’s contract with Zenit.
For his part, Quintero has already told the leadership of the Chinese club Shenzhen that he wants to return to River. Next week, when the team’s competition in the tournament’s playoffs ends, the clubs will advance in the operation that will be on loan for one season.
Quintero, who left River last year after the pandemic without even joining the club’s preseason, could not adapt to Chinese football and as he lost ground in the Colombian team, he seeks competition to reach the World Cup.
In this way, after the hiring of Tomás Pochettino on loan for a season from the Austin FC of the MLS, Gallardo’s team will have several additions to the squad for this new season with the usual triple competition.
Finally, regarding the departure versions of Julián Álvarez, from the player’s environment they confirmed that next week in Europe they will have talks with those close to Manchester United, but they remain very cautious.
Meanwhile, sources from the ‘millionaire’ club assure that they are aware of everything and added: “We cannot do much if the player accepts the exit clause, the club does not have in mind to sell it and that is why we are talking to renew the contract.”