De La Cruz arrives in La Liga
Valencia yesterday confirmed the arrival of winger Nicolás De La Cruz, who moves to the club from River Plate for an undisclosed fee. Los Che had originally agreed a deal to bring in the 23 year old winger in the summer, but having missed the cut-off for the transfer deadline in La Liga, the move was temporarily put on hold until the winter transfer window. The Montevideo born wide man joins fellow Uruguayan international Maxi Gómez at the club, a move which is bound to help the young player settle in his new country.
Half brother of former River Plate, Santos and Uruguay midfielder Carlos Sánchez, De La Cruz began his career with Liverpool de Montevideo, making 35 appearances with the club and scoring 8 times, before making the switch to River Plate back in 2017 for a fee of around £2.5 million. A regular for the Uruguay Under-17 team, he then went on to find success with the Under-20’s, winning the 2017 South American championship and also reaching the semi-finals of the Under-20 World Cup. He played a total of 26 times for La Celeste, scoring 5 goals, although he was forced to wait until last year to make his debut with the full national team, playing 24 minutes against Peru before an injury forced him off back in November.
Meanwhile at club level, since his move to Argentine side River, he has enjoyed domestic success, picking up winners medals in the Copa Argentina, the Supercopa Argentina, the Recopa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores with La Banda. In total, he played 61 times for the Buenos Aires side, scoring 5 goals in his time with the club. The move for the youngster, who can play down either the right or the left hand side, is a perfect fit for Valencia, given De La Cruz already has a grip of the language, and he will look to put pressure on both Cheryshev and Guedes down the flanks. The transfer also fits in with the clubs’ current policy of signing players 23 and under, while also looking for potential market value in the future as they look to climb out of their current financial predicament. Valencia currently find themselves top of La Liga, albeit having played a game more than Barcelona at present.Share this: