In recent years, several players have emerged from River who made the leap to Europe. With the sale of Lucas Martínez Quarta to Fiorentina, it is worth reviewing all the transfers from the quarry in the Marcelo Gallardo era:
Almost as if it were a premonition of what would come next, the first footballer of the inferiors sold was Manuel Lanzini, who only came to play a match under the orders of Gallardo. It was in the debut of the coach on the River bench on July 27, 2014 for the Argentine Cup against Ferro. Just a few days later, on August 6, his sale to Al-Jazeera for 6 million dollars was confirmed.
Just one year later, the club would once again sell its inferior players abroad: between July and August 2015 they left German pezzella in just over $ 2 million to Betis, to Ramiro Funes Mori in 9 million euros to Everton. At the end of 2015 it was sold Matias Kranevitter to the Atlético de Madrid for 9 million dollars. All of them were an important part of the champion team of America in 2015. In addition, the transfer of Víctor Cabrera, the defender who was on loan at Montreal Impact, was confirmed, for which he entered around a million.
In July 2016, other footballers who participated in obtaining the Libertadores from the previous year and also central defenders such as Emanuel Mammana, who was the first of those who made Gallardo debut, sold to the Olympique de Lyon for 8.5 million dollars, and the Colombian Eder Alvarez Balanta, who went to Basel for 4 million US currency.
Another player sold in that passing market was Giovanni Simeone: after being on loan in Banfield, Cholo’s son went to Genoa at 3 million for 65 percent of the pass and then the Italian club acquired the remaining 35 for 2.1 million dollars. Players without as much place in the team as Thomas Martinez to the Sporting braga for 1.8 million and Guido Rodriguez for 2 million to Xolos from Tijuana.
On July 8, 2017 there would be one of the highest sales in the history of River, the Zenit from Russia took over the termination clause of Sebastian Driussi and the club had 17 million dollars left for the forward. In that same month the club sold to Augusto Solari to Argentine soccer: Racing Club bought it for 2.3 million.
In January 2018 Workshops acquired 65 percent of the defender Facundo Medina for 900 thousand dollars and in July of this year it was bought by the Racing de Lens and the Millionaire would enter a million more.
One year later, in March 2019, Emelec bought from Leandro vega (he was on loan from the club) for just over a million dollars. And in June 2019 River sold the defender who never had continuity in the team, Alexander Barboza, to Independiente for $ 3 million for 85 percent of the pass.
And in November 2019, one of the largest transactions for the club in recent years was confirmed: Exequiel Palacios was bought by him Bayer Leverkusen for $ 14,850,000.
Among the other outstanding transfers of the cycle are that of Marcelo saracchi to the RB Leipzig 12.6 million, Lucas Alario 10.8 million, Pity Martinez 10 million and Gabriel Mercado 3.1 million.
Since Marcelo Gallardo is in the club’s bank, El Millonario has sold players for around $ 127 million. Undoubtedly, the sporting success in recent years was of great help and influenced the appearance and consolidation of so many youths in the squad and that is part of the hallmark of the coach and the institution: trusting the talent below.