For several years, River Plate has been at the forefront of soccer in Argentina and South America; But as Marcelo Gallardo always proclaims, the institution will seek to go for more despite the great transfer market that the club made at the beginning of 2022.
In the last transfer window, the Millionaire secured the landings of Andrés Herrera, Leandro González Pirez, Elías Gómez, Emanuel Mammana, Esequiel Barco, Juan Fernando Quintero and Tomás Pochettino. And although one of the leaders of Zone 1 of the League Cup has one of the best squads in the region, in Núñez they are not satisfied and are already working in silence to repatriate a man who emerged from the house.
Both the leadership (with Jorge Brito, Matías Patanian and Enzo Francescoli at the head), as well as the Muñeco, have Roberto Pereyra in their sights, who currently works for Udinese in Serie A in Italy and has just been summoned by Lionel Scaloni to face the last two dates of the South American Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022 against Venezuela and Ecuador. His last game with the albiceleste shirt was on October 9, 2019, when he started in the 2-2 draw against Germany.
Although Núñez knows that the situation will not be easy (he has a contract until June 2023), in the middle of the year they will begin negotiations to have Tucu.
Pereyra, who debuted in 2008 with the crossed band on his chest and despite his young age was one of the youngsters who stood up for the team in the Promotion against Belgrano, would welcome returning to the country and being directed by Gallardo. In total, he wore the “sacred mantle” 45 times, in which he did not score goals, but provided four assists.
The native of San Miguel de Tucumán, who turned 31 in January this year, was transferred to Udinese in August 2011, where he stayed for three seasons. His good performances earned him a stop at a Calcio giant like Juventus, where he won five titles (two Serie A, two Italian Cups and one Italian Super Cup). He also spent four years in the Premier League, defending the Watford shirt.
In mid-2020 he returned to Udine, where he is one of the main figures of the team led on an interim basis by Gabriele Cioffi. Although those from Friuli are not going through their best moment in the standings (they are in 14th position with 29 units, seven from the relegation zone), Roberto Pereyra stands out with four goals and four assists in 17 appearances so far it’s from the season.
A clear example that Núñez is aware of the midfielder is what happened last year when they named the footballer as one of River Plate’s ambassadors in Italy. “Roberto Pereyra continues to be linked to the Greatest from a sentimental point of view and is one of the ambassadors that the club has around the world. The ambassadors are former players who currently live abroad and define and represent the River Philosophy. Tucu received the new sacred mantle, in commemoration of the club’s 120 years,” the Millionaire explained in a statement.
Something similar also happened with other outstanding athletes, such as Lucas Ocampos, Emanuel Mammana (he returned in the last transfer market), Erik Lamela, Matías Kranevitter, Ramiro Funes Mori, Sebastián Driussi, Manuel Lanzini and Gonzalo Higuaín, among others.
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