The Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti was packed to the rafters today as River Plate welcomed new manager Norman Little who was prised away from Atalanta for a nominal fee of a bag of quavers and a bottle brown ale, a small price to pay for the mind of a tactical genius(in my mind anyway).

The first 24 hours of my reign has been hectic to say the least, So many deals been offered, negotiated, rejected and some finally accepted. 

River have just come off a terrible season, still a game to play granted but I wanted to be ready to hit the ground running next season, hence me leaving Atalanta once our play off dream was over. The deals completed today in my opinion make us a better round squad that can challenge for the play offs next season, some players arriving who will walk into the first team and some who will add depth, also some youngsters who will grow with the club. 
  • Adam Lallana and James Ward-Prowse arrive in a deal for Pellegrini
  • Jean-Phillippe Gbamin and Rasmus Kristensen arrive for Caldara
  • Andreas Pereira and Luca Waldschmidt arrive for Lookman
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Pedro Rosario and Timur Zhamaletdinov for Nkunku
  • Tom Cairney for Boye
  • Christopher Schindler for Sadiq and Toral
  • Celina leaves for £2.4m
  • Alex Roldan released
As you can see we haven’t stopped all day in the medical department. There is more in the pipeline but I have to calm down a touch as there is a strict squad cap of 50 to maintain ha. Some people may query these deals but you know what? I’m happy with them and thats all that matters, The Nkunku one for example, I get 3 very talented young players who all will rise next set of reviews, i could of taken for example i was offered a 90 rated “golden oldie” and a youth but these 3 youngsters i was excited over a lot more. I feel the deals give us depth and some potential at the same time. 

Cheers for reading



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