River Plate will keep the chips of Esequiel Barco and Leadnro González Pirez (@fotobairesarg)
The arrival of a new coach usually renews the air within a squad and the change seems to have fallen at an ideal moment for both Ezequiel Barco and Leandro González Pirez, who under the command of Martín Demichelis became key and important pieces within the scheme of the leader of the Professional League. Faced with this scenario, River Plate did not hesitate and will buy the chips of both players.
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Although he alternated good and bad during the management of Marcelo Gallardo, the skilful footballer who emerged from the Independiente youth academy began to show all his worth since Micho landed, since he has three goals and two assists in 13 appearances (he started only in six ).
“The coaching staff and my teammates give me the confidence so that I can develop on the field, they give me all the tools and I have to be able to help from there,” outlined the 24-year-old after the win against Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata . He also explained that ”Martín asks us a lot to play with one or two touches, I think that is what is helping me to be calmer and make better decisions. I have the confidence of my colleagues. The coach asks me to play inside on the left, behind their two midfielders and I move freely with Nacho (Fernández) and Rodri (Aliendro)”.
Esequiel Barco, imbalance and goal in River Plate’s attack
At the time, the Millionaire leadership agreed to land in Núñez in exchange for 4.4 million dollars for a two-year loan (2.2 million for each year of assignment), which ends in December 2023. As Infobae was able to find out, the club Since the former Independiente played more than half of the games, he will use the purchase option and pay Atlanta United of Major League Soccer in the United States about 7 million dollars to keep 100 percent of the tab of the talented athlete.
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In the negotiations, it was stipulated that it will be paid in 3 years with semi-annual installments (in March and September of each year), so that it will finish paying in 2026. It is worth noting that the Millionaire, to anticipate this possibility, has already agreed on a link with the forward until December 2026, with an option to extend it until the end of 2027.
Atlanta United, for its part, will keep a capital gain of 50 percent (for example, if it is sold for 10 million: River Plate will keep 7 million -it will recover its initial investment- and the surplus will be divided equally – 1.5 million for each). The American franchise will also charge an extra in case of meeting some objectives, such as winning the Copa Libertadores.
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The case of the central marker is similar to that of Barco, since he also came from the MLS (Inter Miami) and was criticized for some of his first games. Despite the fact that he was not a starter in the first official games of the new cycle, Leandro González Pirez established himself as one of Martín Demichelis’s favorite defenders. He started the last eight professional league games and contributed two goals (against Tigre and against Racing de Córdoba, in the Argentine Cup).
Leandro González Pirez became a bastion of the River Plate defense (@fotobairesarg)
The man who emerged from the Millionaire youth academy, but with steps through Arsenal de Sarandí, Tigre and Estudiantes de La Plata, returned to the club through a two-year loan with a charge of 1.8 million dollars (the same was paid in several installments that were around the 100 thousand dollars). From Núñez, the purchase option of 200 thousand dollars will be used to keep the entire pass. The Argentine team has time to execute the clause until December of this year. “It is a similar operation, although there was no purchase obligation. But for little money we can keep his pass ”, they reported from the club.
“It was as a loan, but it could also be considered as a purchase in installments,” added the same source to this medium. It is worth noting that if the footballer plays more than 10 official matches (it is counted if he plays more than 45 minutes) a plus of 100 thousand is paid to the MLS.
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