The true story of why Luis Díaz did not reach River

“Teo Gutiérrez always talks to me about River, Gallardo and the fans”.

A louis diaz they made his head. He was just 22 years old and his dribbles on the left with a changed leg dazzled almost all of Colombia. They enjoyed those Junior, those of the other 19 teams suffered: the kid couldn’t get the ball out of those skinny and long legs. If they were going to mark him, he quickly cleaned them up or assisted his teammates with quality. He had all the conditions to make the great leap, the one for which Theo He insisted so much.

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It was 2018 and in River there seemed to be no room for anything else on his mind other than the Libertadores. It was not for less: Madrid ended up occupying the vast majority of the available GB of storage for fans and those who worked at the club. But not of all: Marcelo Gallardo was attentive to what was happening outside the bubble in which the team entered in the second half of that year and paid attention to the players it had in its portfolio.

It contained a name highlighted in yellow, with the corresponding follow-up in the lines below. he was such louis diaza player who over the months became a obsession for the doll.

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Luis Díaz stood out in 2018 in Junior (AFP).

Luis Díaz stood out in 2018 in Junior (AFP).

Sure, the departure of Pity Martínez to the MLS after the eternal final he left a very deep hole in the offense and we had to go out and find a replacement. The target was the Colombian, who met all the requirements so that the absence of the author of the third goal with an empty goal would not be noticed. The leadership, in silence, began the difficult and arduous negotiation with Junior to fulfill the doll’s wish, but things were really complicated: the Colombians wanted nothing to do with letting their jewel go. In fact, the first offer was rejected out of hand as soon as they saw the numberwhich did not come close to its lofty claims.

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Antonio Charliewho was the president of Junior until 2020, he wanted ten million dollars for the entirety of Diaz’s pass, an impossible figure for the Núñez treasury at the time. Although there was also another number: 6,000,000 for 60% of the token. River’s final offer was $5,000,000 for 70%. What happened? From Colombia they lowered the thumb…

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Although River came from being champion of America, the economy was not the best: to the well-known national and dollar crises (in that 2019, the official rose 62%) was added that the team did not have a main sponsor on its shirt (a few months later Turkish Airlines would arrive) and that a great investment to keep as many talents as possible, in addition to the great effort that had been made the previous year to strengthen the squad: they had arrived Armani, Pratto, Quintero and Zuculini.

A peculiarity: If the values ​​of all the incorporations that arrived at the beginning of 2019 are added, the total gives 8,930,000 dollars, almost three clubs more than what Luis Díaz would have left. Sure, for that sum, River he signed four players: he incorporated Suarez (3 sticks); the purchase option executed some time later by holm oak ($2,500,000); Angileri (2,230,000) and Robert Rojas (1,200,000).

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Today, the Colombian breaks it at Liverpool (AFP).

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In this way, with River not stretching, there was no chance for Díaz to arrive and Junior was able to retain his jewel: they agreed that he would continue for at least six months. Thus, it was then in the middle of that 2019 that Díaz was sold to Porto for seven million euros. as seen, Gallant He had not been the only one who had noticed his 20 goals and thousands of dribbles in 106 games in Colombia: Porto, a club that specialized in the last decade in buying cheap and selling high, also had him on the agenda and took out his revenue: a year and a half later he transferred him to Liverpool for 45,000,000…

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