Palmeiras confirm signing of Alejandro Guerra, best player of 2016 Copa Libertadores
On Tuesday, Brasileirão champions Palmeiras confirmed the signing of Venezuelan attacking midfielder Alejandro Guerra, from Atlético Nacional.
The 31-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Brazilian club, which will spend R$ 10 million to buy the player from Atlético Nacional of Colombia. The player excelled in this year's Copa Libertadores, which was won by Atlético Nacional, and was named as the best player of the continental competition. Santos had also shown interest in Alejandro Guerra, but they could not carry the negotiations forward. According to UOL Esporte, the Colombian team had tried to keep the player in their squad, but could not resist the effort of Palmeiras. In a message released by Palmeiras, Guerra expressed his delight with the transfer to Brazil: "Hello, my friends, this is a message for all the fans of Palmeiras, thank you for the votes, for the messages, I'm very happy to be at this great club. We'll see you soon."
For Atlético Nacional, Guerra played 34 matches this year and scored 10 goals. In the Libertadores, he made 13 appearances [nine wins, three draws and one loss]. The attacking midfielder, who's often called up to represent the Venezuelan national team, started his career at Caracas, and went through Anzoátegui and Mineros before arriving at Atlético Nacional in 2014. In addition to Guerra, Palmeiras have signed two other midfielders for 2017; Raphael Veiga and Hyoran, as well as striker Keno from Santa Cruz.