In more big transfer news it appears as if Argentinean front man Jonathan Calleri will be making his way to East London to help West Ham in their quest for a successful first season in the Olympic Stadium. Calleri has recently been on loan at São Paulo from Uruguayan second division side Deportivo Maldonado.
Deportivo are used by a consortium who own various players as a base for loan moves to bigger clubs, an arrangement which has no doubt complicated negotiations for the Hammers. The move does appear to be finally going through, however.
Calleri is an excellent finisher with fine movement, not big, but good in the air, and who has the rare skill of always arriving in the right place at the right time. He managed to bag himself 4 goals in one game in the Copa Libertadores for São Paulo earlier in the year and will turn out for the Argentinean team at the Olympic football tournament which commences next week.
It is also possible that São Paulo head coach Edgardo Bauza will soon be dealing with another departure as Centúrion returns to his homeland, potentially with Boca Juniors. It won’t be a loss that is greatly lamented by São Paulinos.
In other news it looks almost certain that Gabriel Jesus will be saying goodbye to Palmeiras pretty soon. Yesterday he told a press conference that he has alerted Palmeiras of his desire to depart for Europe, though he says his focus on the Olympics for the moment.
Over in Rio, meanwhile, Fluminense have added the playmaker Juniro Sornoza to their ranks after his old club Independiete Del Valle narrowly missed out on what would have been a sensational Copa Libertadores triumph. O Tricolor are reportedly also after his ex-team mate at Independiente, the swashbuckling midfielder Jefferson Orejuela.