Lucas Janson is interested in La Boca, while Damián Batallini knows the idol Xeneize very closely
The present of Boca Juniors has different views and focuses to point out. More than 15 points behind the leader and classic rival, the objective migrated from fighting in the Professional League to scoring points without neglecting the qualification for the international cups in 2024. With the championship as a permanent test bench, Jorge Almirón’s squad showed its best version in the Copa Libertadores and, without a doubt, the highlight was the imperious ticket to the round of 16. Now, he’s begun a stealthy job crafting the kit that elicits the ultimate fan obsession.
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The lack of alternatives in attack is a wake-up call for the coach, who since his arrival has suffered various injuries that have undermined his choices and contributed to forced scheme changes. The lack of wingers led him to improvise Guillermo Pol Fernández on the right side, although he is one of the places to strengthen if he wants to strengthen the 4-3-3 that followed him throughout his career on the bench. And precisely, the proximity of the pass market invited the emergence of different protagonists. The name of Lucas Janson appears on that list, but we must add another with a past in the Xeneize orbit: Damián Batallini.
The 27-year-old attacker was an old dream of Juan Román Riquelme. Both share their birth in Don Torcuato and the vice president Azul y Oro knew him very closely in his last months in professional soccer. They shared the car that took them to Argentinos Juniors training and the young man listened carefully to the teachings of the man who emerged from El Semillero del Mundo. None cut the relationship, so much so that in 2020 he had the opportunity to change his shirt. “If there is the chance to go to Boca I would love it. I always dreamed of playing in the Libertadores, it is the best for the Argentine player. It would be nice to fulfill it, ”he declared at the time.
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Today, its current status is far from its best time at La Paternal, but the springboard that an institution like Boca Juniors can provide seduces any footballer. Because of this, the player left behind a step with lights and shadows for Mexico’s Necaxa and sounded loud at Brandsen 805 after his alternative was offered to the leadership. According to the information of the journalist Germán García Grova, the conversions are advancing with the passing of the hours and the Tigrense wants to play with the next rival of Nacional de Uruguay in the round of 16 of the Libertadores.
Damián Batallini emerged footballingly in Argentinos Juniors
Without knowing it, Batallini was in his last months in Argentinos when interest arose from Boca. His subsequent 30 months were marked by constant loans to different entities. His time at the Mexican Atlético San Luis ended goalless in 20 games played in 2021, he made a fool of himself at Independiente with a meager sum of three celebrations and four assists in 39 duels and his last assignment at the Rayos ended with a goal in 13 matches. He played 744 minutes and only completed the match in one.
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Recently, he returned to the squad led by Gabriel Milito, who will not take him into account to face the second semester and the hiring modality could be repeated in what would be his third experience in Argentine soccer.
His possible landing would be added to that of Janson. The striker from Vélez would have agreed a four-year contract with Boca Juniors and the key to unlocking are the negotiations between the clubs. Away from the honey of what he used to be, the 28-year-old man lost continuity at the beginning of this year due to a pronounced drop in his level, which had made him the only Argentine soccer player in the ideal 11 of the last edition of the Copa Libertadores, where they reached the semifinals and lost against Flamengo (later champion). He was the top figure under the orders of Alexander Medina with seven goals and two assists in 12 games in the continental tournament.
Currently, he played 21 commitments in 2023 with 6 goals. With more than 160 games in the Primera del Fortin, he is a benchmark since his arrival in 2019 from Tigre. His offensive profile would strengthen a position that has Luis Advíncula recovering from injury. In addition, Exequiel Changuito Zeballos and Luca Langoni are still aiming for their physical fullness ahead of August 2, the day of the first leg against Bolso at the Gran Parque Central Stadium.
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The pass market has not yet officially started, but the highest authorities are analyzing multiple alternatives to anticipate events. With little margin to prepare the final stretch of the maximum annual goal, Boca must adapt to the limits of a shorter window after Facundo Colidio’s refusal to wear the colors of the six-time champion of South America.
On the other hand, Lautaro Gianetti is one of those targeted to reinforce the defensive line, although the conversations could not follow the same path as Janson. The 29-year-old central defender ends his contract with the Velez entity next December and, according to the supporter Vélez 670, he would have a pre-contract with a Mexican team starting in 2024. In the last few hours, the names of Lucas Oreallano, another former Vélez with a present in Vasco da Gama, and José Manuel López, former Lanus who works for Palmeiras.
Immediately, Almirón was going to meet last Friday with the Football Council with the purpose of defining a strategy in this market and, in the run-up to this Monday’s match against Huracán, the continuity of a striker within the squad was confirmed. template. Luis Vázquez, summoned to face the Globe, will not be sold to Anderlecht of Belgium due to lack of agreement on the numbers of the operation, according to ESPN. In the absence of proper names, it is his first “reinforcement” with a view to the resumption of the Copa Libertadores.
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