This is the current situation of José Manuel López, the number 9 for which River started negotiating

The idea of Martin Demichelis is that, before the departure of Salomon Rondon, Miguel Borja have a direct competitor. Therefore, the options for Rafael Borré (who was the ideal, but it was impossible due to his cost: Inter will not go down for him), Mateo Retegui (another who seduced him, but Genoa doesn’t let him go) and Lucas Alario (there were efforts, but inactivity was added to the high cost of his token), the DT gave the leadership a thumbs up so that start negotiating for another center forward: Jose Manuel Lopezformer Lanús, who plays for Palmeiras. Now, how is it current?

The truth is that, in his first full year in Brazil after his arrival in mid-2022, El Flaco did not have that dreamed continuity, something that would make the club willing to sit down and listen to his proposals. The thing is that although his record shows that he played 40 games (12 as a starter), the issue was his minutes on the court: There were 1,305′ in total, which gives an average of 33′ per match. Furthermore, he was only able to complete the 90′ ​​once: it was in April, in a 1-3 against Bolívar at altitude, for the Libertadores.

Goals in a difficult internal competition

Of course, the internal competition was not easy at all: next to him he had footballers from the class of Endrick (already from Real Madrid), Rony and Breno Lopessomething that took him time on the court and made it difficult for him to earn a prominent place in the consideration of Abel Ferreiraeven despite the large amount of activity that the team had between the state, the Brasileirao, the Brazilian Cup and the Libertadores.

In that sense, something to value was his goal-scoring nose: despite having played from time to time, almost always coming in from the bench and many times with already defined markers (with the difficulty that this entails), He managed to score eight times (average of one every 163′). In it Brazilian It was where he showed his best version: five screams in 580′ (22 PJ), scoring every 116′ on average.

El Flaco López, River's new objective (AFP). El Flaco López, River’s new objective (AFP).

The 23-year-old left-hander is liked by Demichelis and last season he added 22 minutes in the second leg of the Libertadores semi against Boca, which they ended up losing on penalties. It is a point that, Although he is tall (he measures 1.9 meters), he has good mobility and a job in pressing that would adapt to the coach’s search.

José Manuel López 4-1-2024

Flaco López’s goal in Palmeiras

One thing to keep in mind is that the Palmeiras will lose to Endrick in Junehis great jewel: at that moment the loan with Real Madrid will end and he will have to pack his bags to go to Spain.

Already when he was in Lanús, before going to Brazil, River had probed him and the response scared away the leaders.: They asked them for ten million dollars for 100% or seven million for 70% of their stake. Today, Palmeiras would be willing to negotiate it. So days of intense talks are coming…

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