Boca Juniors ' Gago to join Real Madrid

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Boca Juniors' midfielder Fernando Gago is close to joining Real Madrid and becoming the Spanish club's third signing for the January transfer window.

Boca Juniors ' Gago to join Real Madrid

Madrid:

Boca Juniors' midfielder Fernando Gago is close to joining Real Madrid and becoming the Spanish club's third signing for the January transfer window. Boca president Mauricio Macri was expected to complete the deal during talks with his Madrid counterpart Ramon Calderon in the Spanish capital later Saturday, the Web site of sports daily Marca said. Macri is reportedly asking for US$26.2 million for Gago, who played in Boca's defeat against Estudiantes in Wednesday's playoff for the Argentine title. That price would take Madrid's spending to around US$51 million in the past month. On Thursday, Madrid signed 19-year-old River Plate striker Gonzalo Higuain for US$17 million and last month acquired 18-year-old left back Marcelo from Fluminense for US$7.85 million. Gago, who would be eligible to play for Madrid on Jan. 2, has reportedly already agreed to personal terms with Madrid and is ready to sign a 6 1/2 year contract. The 20-year-old has been compared with former Argentina midfielder Fernando Redondo, who won the Champions League in 1998 and 2000 with Madrid. On Saturday, coach Fabio Capello said Madrid needed Gago, whose arrival would continue the club's attempt to inject some fresh blood into an aging team, which last won a major trophy in 2003. "The signings we're making are youngsters with a future. He moves a lot, gets into scoring positions and is a quality player," Capello was quoted as saying by Marca. Gago is said to be hoping his transfer will be completed soon enough to allow him to watch Madrid's league game at Espanyol on Sunday. Madrid is third with 29 points, four fewer than leader and defending champion FC Barcelona. (AP)

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