Unknown to the general public before his goal scored with Italy for his first cap on Thursday, against England, Mateo Retegui, the Boca Juniors striker on loan to the Argentinian team of Club Atlético Tigre, has since aroused the interest of many clubs.
His rating exploded in a few days… In one match, one could sum up. Thursday evening in Naples, the shock between Italy and England counting for the qualifications of Euro 2024, was won 2-1 by the Three Lions. But after the meeting, we talked almost as much about Mateo Retegui, the only scorer of the Nazionale.
For those who have missed out on this almost unknown, remember this 23-year-old Argentinian striker is currently playing at Club Atlético Tigre, a Buenos Aires club, on loan from Boca Juniors. He tops the scoring charts with six goals in the first seven rounds. Born in Argentina, he has an Italian passport because of his grandfather’s Sicilian origins and was therefore called up by Italian coach Roberto Mancini, who is currently not very happy with his attackers, who are injured or in poor shape.
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Inter well placed on the file
A goal for his first cape with the quadruple world champions, it was enough to arouse the interest of European clubs. And therefore to skyrocket its coast on the market. According to Sky Italia, Inter, which has a very good network in Argentina, has been following for a long time the one who speaks (for the moment) only in Spanish. The Nerazzurri leaders have met the player several times and were present in Naples on Thursday to see him in action. Atlético de Madrid would also not be insensitive to his scoring skills. Contacts have already been established with the player who would be attracted to Spanish football.
Contractually, Club Atlético Tigre should exercise the option to buy Mateo Retegui against 2.5 million euros. If the deal is closed, Boca Juniors will receive 50% of a future resale of the player. Very close to the Tigre club, the Argentine Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, declared on Radio Miter that five offers have been received for three weeks. Four would come from Europe.