A footballer with a past in San Lorenzo and who shone in the MLS was offered to Boca: Battaglia would have given the go-ahead

Boca Juniors returned to training with several new faces, but no reinforcement. Most of the players who joined the preseason that the team is doing at the Ezeiza Training Center are from loans that were finished and that now the Soccer Council headed by Juan Román Riquelme will analyze in particular.

The most resonant cases are those of Ramón Ábila, Walter Bou and Mateo Retequi, who would not be part of Sebastián Battaglia’s project for this year and would be transferred again. Of the remaining ten footballers who will stay to fight for a place is Gastón Ábila, with his last visit to Rosario Central.

Although the Xeneize has not yet added reinforcements, the steps are already underway. Darío Benedetto is the priority. The former Boca Juniors striker would have given the go-ahead and now they will have to negotiate the cast of Riber and Olympique de Marseille, the club that owns their file. Pipa is on loan in Elche in Spain until the middle of the year, but this would not be an impediment.

While the possible arrival of Ángel Romero entered a impasse, because as Battaglia stated they have no news about it, in the last hours a concrete offer arrived to the Boca Juniors offices. And it is also a offensive midfielder, with past in San Lorenzo by Almagro and that shone in MLS from United States.

Sebastián Blanco did not renew with the MLS 'Portland Timbers and was offered to Boca Juniors.  The former San Lorenzo y Lanús has the pass in their possession (Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Sebastián Blanco did not renew with the MLS ‘Portland Timbers and was offered to Boca Juniors. The former San Lorenzo y Lanús has the pass in their possession (Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin /)

The name in question is Sebastian White, who did not agree to his renewal with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and was left with the pass in his possession. Agents linked to the former champion footballer with Lanús del Apertura 2007 brought his name closer to both Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo de Almagro, which suffers from serious financial problems.

For this reason, the Xeneize is the one that itches on the tip, especially because the Sebastián Battaglia would have given the go-ahead for his arrival. The DT is looking for an offensive midfielder, or hit with a goal, who can fill the position left vacant by Edwin Cardona. As Ángel Romero’s situation is not progressing at the moment, Sebastián Blanco appears as a great option.

In August 2020, Sebastián Blanco became champion with Portland Timbers and was named “Player of the Tournament” in the MLS, thanks to his three goals and assists. At that time, the Argentine received 40.86% of the votes of journalists and fans and thus surpassed the Portuguese Nani, a former Manchester United striker, who got 37.54% for his contribution in Orlando City.

In a statement, Major League Soccer acknowledged that “Blanco’s great performance propelled Portland to the MLS is Back Special Tournament title and qualification to the 2021 Concacaf Champions League.” In Blanco’s three years with the Timbers, he scored 33 goals and 39 assists in 121 games (115 starts), where he was featured in most matches.

It was all very well under way, but just a month later, in September 2020, the footballer born in Lomas de Zamora and emerged in Lanús, who also went through the Ukrainian (Metalist Kharkov) and English (West Bromwich) leagues, and played two seasons in San Lorenzo, until 2017, suffered a torn cruciate ligament in the right knee and said goodbye to the football year.

After a long recovery, in mid-2021 he returned to the courts although he could not regain the level he had reached months before. Despite this, Portland Timbers looked for a renewal of the tie, but finally there was no agreement and now it negotiates like free agent. Will he take over the number 10 of Boca Juniors?


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