Last Tuesday, taking advantage of the rest day that José Luis Mendilibar had given all his staff, Gonzalo Escalante made an express trip to Rome to pass medical examination and sign with Lazio. Since he ended his contract with Eibar on June 30, the Argentine midfielder - currently injured - had total freedom to speak with the Roman squad and to seal that new contract. In other words, Escalante will leave Eibar for free on June 30.
The problem for the gunmen's leaders is not the particular case of Escalante, one of the captains and veterans of the workforce, but the flight of talent at zero cost begins to be recurrent. Even Mendilibar himself alerted her last March, when the club achieved the renewal of Sergi Enrich just two months after his contract expired. «He had his hands free to do what he wanted. The club should not have reached this situation, ”criticized the coach, giving the sports management an alert voice.
In 2017, Adrián González also began his last semester of an unrenewed contract and ended up signing for Málaga. Something similar happened with Antonio Luna , whose final destination was the Levant. A year later, there were three weight players who left Eibar without leaving a single euro in the gun coffers: Dani García (Athletic), David Juncà (Celta) and Takashi Inui (Betis). And if it did not happen with Ander Capa it was because the previous summer the side decided to reject a succulent offer - for him and for Eibar - from England to keep the word given to Athletic. The thing ended in instrumental renovation and transfer, almost symbolic, of three million euros.
After a break last summer, history will be repeated next June. Garagarza and his team have not been able to tie Escalante to continue in Ipurua or to transfer him to another club. Now, they hope to be able to extend the contract of Fabián Orellana , top scorer and assistant of the course, but the mission is not simple and the risk that it also leaves free of charge of the armory entity is very real.
They are, in any case, problems for another day. Today is the visit of an Atlético who goes to Ipurua with the losses of Koke, Trippier and Giménez - Eibar has half a dozen - and wanting to turn the Super Cup page with a victory in the League.
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