While the deadline to submit his 35 man squad for Argentina’s World Cup campaign, a report is suggesting that coach Jorge SAMPAOLI already has a large part of that list ready with Mauro ICARDI’s name reportedly not included.
According to TyC Sports, Jorge SAMPAOLI will be travelling to Europe in the next few weeks to speak with a large number of players. He has already started speaking with players based in the domestic league. Independiente duo Fabricio BUSTOS and Maxi MEZA were the first two players to speak with SAMPAOLI and the next day it was the turn of River Plate duo Enzo PEREZ and goalkeeper Franco ARMANI.
As we reported prior to the two friendly matches last month, Franco ARMANI’s name was being rumored as one that could potentially make the Argentina squad for the World Cup. Up next for SAMPAOLI are Lautaro MARTINEZ (of Racing Club) and Boca’s Pablo PEREZ and Cristian PAVON.
In Europe, SAMPAOLI will speak travel to Spain where he will speak with Lionel MESSI, Gabriel MERCADO and Ever BANEGA. In France, it’s Giovani LO CELSO and Angel DI MARIA while in Holland it’s Nicolas TAGLIAFICO. The large part of the list comes in England where he will speak with Sergio ROMERO, Willy CABALLERO, Nicolas OTAMENDI, Ramiro FUNES MORI, Marcos ROJO, Manuel LANZINI, Erik LAMELA and Sergio AGUERO. In Italy, he’ll speak with Federico FAZIO, Lucas BIGLIA, Diego PEROTTI, Paulo DYBALA and Gonzalo HIGUAIN (no Mauro ICARDI). And finally in Portugal, Eduardo SALVIO and Marcos ACUNA.
He will NOT be travelling to Mexico but will speak with two goalkeepers; Nahuel GUZMAN and Agustin MARCHESIN. As is the case with Mexico, he will not travel to Russia but Matias KRANEVITTER, Emiliano RIGONI and Leandro PAREDES all expected to get the call with veteran Javier MASCHERANO joining the Mexico and Russia based players in the call-ups.
This would mean SAMPAOLI has 34 out of his 35 players ready:
Sergio ROMERO (Manchester United)
Franco ARMANI (River Plate)
Wilfredo CABALLERO (Chelsea)
Nahuel GUZMAN (Tigres, Mexico)
Agustín MARCHESIN (Club America)
Fabricio BUSTOS (Independiente)
Gabriel MERCADO (Sevilla)
Nicolás TAGLIAFICO (Ajax)
Nicolás OTAMENDI (Manchester City)
Ramiro FUNES MORI (Everton)
Marcos ROJO (Manchester United)
Federico FAZIO (AS Roma)
Maxi MEZA (Independiente)
Enzo PEREZ (River Plate)
Pablo PEREZ (Boca Juniors)
Ever Banega (Sevilla)
Giovani LO CELSO (PSG)
Ángel DI MARIA (PSG)
Manuel LANZINI (West Ham United)
Erik LAMELA (Tottenham)
Lucas BIGLIA (Lazio)
Diego PEROTTI (AS Roma)
Eduardo SALVIO (Benfica)
Marcos ACUNA (Sporting Lisbon)
Matías KRANEVITTER (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Emiliano RIGONI (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Leandro PAREDES (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Javier MASCHERANO (Heibei Fortune)
Cristian PAVON (Boca Juniors)
Lautaro MARTINEZ (Racing Club)
Lionel MESSI (FC Barcelona)
Sergio AGUERO (Manchester City)
Paulo DYBALA (Juventus)
Gonzalo HIGUAIN (Juventus)