The bomb exploded and shook Avellaneda hard. Silvio Romero, the captain and scorer of Independiente, He is one signature away from packing his bags to continue his career at Fortaleza, a team led by Argentine Juan Pablo Vojvoda.
Out of prudence, the directors of the Red do not want to consider the pass closed, butpenalties remain the signature for the 33-year-old striker to get on the plane. In fact, the Brazilian club published on its social networks an enigmatic video recorded on a street that bears the name of the attacker, in tribute to a poet born in that country.
El Chino would leave on loan for one year, with a charge and a purchase obligation whose amount has not yet transpired. If his departure finally materializes, something that is most likely at this time, the institution the most important salary on campus will be saved. A salary that becomes unsustainable for the difficult economic situation in which Independent finds himself.
The news was predictable because Fortaleza’s interest has existed since last week, but Eduardo Domínguez He was still surprised and is very worried about the lack of variants he has in attack. In fact, the 43-year-old coach’s initial idea was to put together a team with a 4-3-1-2 tactical system, with Alan Velasco as point guard and two forwards.
An important fact is that Strength, fourth in the Brasileirao 2021, qualified for the first time in its history to play the Copa Libertadores, and Romero would be an important figure to play that competition.
“If we intend to fight for the titles that will be at stake, we must be offensive, otherwise it will be very difficult,” the coach warned on the day of his presentation. At this time you do not have the essential raw material to develop your proposal. “We need goals. It is a team that has its own scorer, but it has been difficult for them to find a player who is behind Silvio”, expressed the DT as soon as he landed at the club.
Romero had a long talk with Domínguez on Thursday of last week, at the Villa Domínico property, and the coach told him that he wanted to count on him. The coach had also expressed the same thing to Daniel Montenegro, sports advisor, and to Héctor Maldonado, general secretary and Hugo Moyano’s right-hand man.
Domínguez had told him on January 6 that he wanted to retain him. (Photo: Independent Press)
In that position It has the youth David Sayago and Julián Romero, who barely played two and three minutes in the First Division, respectively. There is also Nicolas Messiniti, who returned from his time at Once Caldas, was lowered to Reserve and could not score goals in the 11 games he played in the Red. Another alternative is Mauro Molina (three goals in 31 games at Temperley), who was also placed in the team led by Claudio Graf.
The very possible departure of Romero leaves Independiente bereft of goals and leadership, as he was the leader and the most respected voice in the group. El Chino converted 51 goals in 131 games played in Independiente, last year he scored 19 in 45 games and was the author of ten of the 27 screams of Julio Falcioni’s team in the Professional League, including a key one in the classic against Racing (1-0).
A pointed striker
Emmanuel Gigliotti, who was released from León de México, is the striker targeted to reinforce the team, regardless of what happens to Romero. “We can’t pay him what he earned there,” commented Yoyo Maldonado a few days ago. Rolfi Montenegro keeps in contact with Puma to try to convince him. Another option that was being considered was Sebastián Sosa Sánchez, who will finally play in Vélez.
The anticipation of what could happen
“I still have a contract, but there is uncertainty regarding the future leadership of the club. Here comfort does not reign, but we are fine. I am willing to give the best to Independiente. I have no problem sitting down to talk about the economy,” Romero had commented on December 12. It was an announcement of what could happen. Ceará de Brasil and Vélez had been other clubs that showed interest in taking Chino, who this Thursday morning was offered to Libertad, as confirmed by Rubén Di Torre, the president of the Paraguayan club.
If his departure is made official, the Red will get rid of an onerous contract and it will be a relief for the treasury, since in order to incorporate the club he must immediately lift five inhibitions for 1,150,000 dollars. Who will not be calm is Domínguez, who would lose a fundamental footballer and very difficult to replace. For those who manage the accounts, it is a great goal considering that they also owe the player money. For the coach it will be a goal against.To