The big signings in a market that has not yet taken off

While the Qatar World Cup is gradually approaching decisive stages, in Chile there is less left for the First Division teams to return to training. The start of the 2023 National Championship is scheduled for the weekend of January 21 and 22 and several clubs have already announced some signings.

However, the transfer market has not yet acquired the expected development, although in any case some incorporations have attracted attention. They are the great signings that, until now, exhibit the future national tournament.

The big ones

Colo Colo was the first painting that generated noise, as soon as the last date of the championship was played. The albos announced the arrival of Fernando de Paul, one of the goalkeepers with the most outstanding level in 2022, acting in Everton’s goal. The fact that until just a year ago he was the captain and leader of the University of Chile only caused comments upon learning of the transfer and the Argentine-Chilean quickly joined the squad. In fact, he was in the calls for the friendly matches against Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis.

Then the U was the club that moved the market. He did, yes, on the bench, with the arrival of Mauricio Pellegrino, former DT of Vélez Sarsfield. The strategist has a vast and important career. He directed in England and Spain apart from the Argentine league, a competition in which he was also in command of Independiente de Avellaneda.

Before Pellegrino’s confirmation, the blues had ratified the hiring of Juan Pablo Gómez, former right back of Curicó. The one trained at UC was one of the men with the best performance in his position in the last championship and in the university team they hope that the level of play of the Argentine-Chilean will be replicated.

At Universidad Católica, meanwhile, the transfer scene is not yet active. However, so far one addition has caught the eye. The Crusaders, at the express request of DT Ariel Holan, brought back Alexander Aravena, one of the young figures from the previous season. It seemed that he would continue in Ñublense to play in the Libertadores, but he opted to return to the club from his formation with the goal of getting a starting position up front.

other moves

In the other clubs, there are no big news, for now. Perhaps the most significant event occurred in Palestine. The La Cisterna team ensured the arrival of Fernando Cornejo, former mixed midfielder for Audax Italiano. The player from Calama had a regular season in 2022 and finally decided to emigrate from Florida to be led again by Pablo ‘Vitamina’ Sánchez, as happened in 2021 by the Italians.

The second striking addition is that of O’Higgins. The cast of Rancagua added to the squad Ignacio González, who has acted for Antofagasta in recent seasons. Formed in Colo Colo and already 33 years old, before he also went through Palestino, Everton and San Luis, exhibiting a regular performance.