Young striker Jonathan Calleri has been heavily linked to a move to Europe from Argentinian champions Boca Juniors, his performances alongside Carlos Tévez garnering the attentions of clubs such as Chelsea and Inter Milan. As Chelsea supposedly weigh up the option of making a move for him in January, Calleri claims that he still doesn't know where he'll be heading in the future:
"At the moment I don't know anything. I read the newspapers and they have many rumours, but to me they didn't say anything. My mind is set on playing a friendly match this Friday and then get on vacations with my family."
"Six months ago I wasn't ready to move abroad. I believe that right now, after becoming [Argentinian League] champion, [having played] more matches and playing alongside Carlos [Tévez] I'm more prepared."
It is believed that Calleri will be travelling soon to Italy to get an EU passport thanks to his Italian ancestry, which would eliminate the need of having to apply for a work permit. Meanwhile, Boca Juniors directors hope that they will be able to hold onto Calleri until June next year, so the player won't miss out on playing the Copa Libertadores for Boca.
"Even though I would like to stay for my entire life at Boca, playing European football would be a great step. [...] We will see what happens in December. The club needs to sell players and I'm happy being here. Moving abroad while having the Copa Libertadores ahead wouldn't be a nice gesture."
-Jonathan Calleri; Source: Directv Sports via Goal.com
According to Calciomercato, Chelsea's intention is to acquire Calleri for around €14m, and then send him on loan to another Premier League club for the remainder of the season so he could acclimatize to England. Previous reports had suggested that we'd loan him back to Boca until June. Either way, it seems that Calleri won't be in South America for much longer — we now only need to watch where he'll be headed.