February 1, 2023

From a river to a flamingo? What do they say in Argentina about Quintero

Colombian midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero leaves River Plate. This is what the column found yesterday (28) in Buenos Aires.

Farewells are taken for granted in Argentina. Newspaper “HelloThis Thursday, for example, reports the departure of “Juanfer” right on its cover.

Quintero is one of the most beloved players in River’s history, and his departure from Nunez generates great sadness in the fans.

Score one of the winning goals Boca Juniors In the final of the Libertadores Cup 2018 in his previous period at the club, he was in River on loan from Shenzhen FC, from China, which opened options for the player to negotiate in “freedom of action” (as they call in Argentina the conditions of the sports market that has nothing to do with a specific club) .

It will be a complex issue linked to the exchange rate between the Argentine peso and the dollar that will take Quintero out of the river, as the Argentine club does not have the money to pay the number the Colombian wants. The values ​​are confidential and not even speculated.

Thus, the Colombian, liberated from Núñez, would have no ties to approach with Flamengo. TyC Sports, an Argentine television station specializing in sports, said that new coach Vitor Pereira had already agreed to sign Quintero, only waiting for the end of the year for Flamengo managers and player representatives to close the contract rules.

Quintero turns 30 January next January 18. His return from China to River, in the 2022 season, has been marked by back-to-back muscle injuries and impressive goals. Despite all the justified sympathy of the coach Marcelo Gallardo for football, he was not able to participate in a good series of matches as a starter.

It does not hurt to remember that 2022 was the worst year in the Gallardo era at River, and it ended without titles. Juanver played 29 matches for the Argentine championship, scoring 5 goals (River finished third in the competition).

In the Libertadores, in 4 matches, Quintero did not score a single goal in the season that ended with the elimination of the giant Nunez by Velez Sarsfield in the first knockout round, in the round of 16.