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AND THE FIRST SIGNING IS...

09 Jun 2011
It was speculated that on Wednesday the club was going to announce the first signing for next season, and it seems that the first arrival will be Diego Rivas, a defensive midfielder that’s ending contract with Real Sociedad.

President Augusto César Lendoiro confessed on Tuesday that he was hoping to announce the first signing for the season 2011/12 during his press conference, but some details were blocking the first operation during the summer market; then the papers and radios started to speculate that the name of the player was going to be released throughout Wednesday.

Just minutes after the press conference of Lendoiro, the media in Portugal started to spread the rumour that Venezuelan striker Mario Rondón was on his way to Deportivo after an operation with Portuguese club Pacos de Ferreira, but in the end it turned to be just one more rumour.

And then it came out the name of Diego Rivas Gutiérrez, a 31-year old defensive midfielder that has played in all the leagues in Spain (Tercera, Segunda B, Segunda A & Primera). The name came first at paper Deporte Campeón some weeks ago, then on Wednesday’s noon Radio Marca was announcing that he was negotiating with Depor. Later Radio Cadena Ser and Radio Cadena Cope confirmed the name, but also assured that Deportivo has other two options over the table for that position.

Rivas has played the last two seasons at Real Sociedad and is ending contract on June having played 31 of the 38 liga matches on the campaign and was the tenth player with more steals on the Primera season (351); he was linked with Real Betis and it seems that this was the reason why the operation has turned to be complicated for Lendoiro as he had to fight against the interest of a Primera club. The interesting fact on Diego Rivas is that he already achieved a promotion to Primera with Real Sociedad (2009-2010).

The signing isn’t official yet as Lendoiro still trying to close some gaps, actually the agent f the midfielder, Libero Parri, told to Radio Cadena Ser that he still negotiating with the Galician club. In recent weeks Rivas has been linked with Real Betis and Getafe, and it has been rumoured that Madrilenian club Getafe is offering him wages of half a million Euros per season. But the player is ready to accept less money and play at Segunda with Depor, but wants a two-year deal instead of the single season offered by the Galicians. At this moment this is the only issue blocking the deal.

Meanwhile, in terms of exits, Andrés Guardado continues to be on the spotlight; on Wednesday he appeared at the front page of Portuguese Sportpaper A Bola saying that he will love to play for Sporting Clube de Portugal, ”I am aware of what has been written in the papers, but just a little as I am concentrated with the national team. It is important to know about the interest of a club like Sporting, a big team in Portugal and off course I would love to go there. I know that in recent years they have been behind Porto and Benfica, and that’s why I would love to help Sporting to be the first place, to be the leader in the league and make interesting things.

Lendoiro admitted on Tuesday that there is interest in Guardado coming from Portugal, but at the same time Depor’s boss described the offer as “not good”. Actually, A Bola wrote that the price asked for the Mexican player is ten million Euros, a request that can’t be matched by the economy of Sporting CP. The ex-Atlas winger has been also linked with SL Benfica, club that’s trying to sell first left-back defender Fábio Coentrão before making any move.

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