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Speaking one day after the club's promotion hopes received a blow against Atlanta, a team spokesman revealed Daniel Passarella's wish to see the two Benfica stars back in Nunez

River Plate spokesman Daniel Mancusi has revealed that the club will attempt to sign Benfica pair Pablo Aimar and Javier Saviola for the 2012-13 season, with Millo representatives expected in Lisbon as early as next week to begin negotiations.

Both players enjoyed great success as young stars at the Nunez giants. Aimar represented River between 1996 and 2000 and won four local titles as well as the 1996 Copa Libertadores before moving to Valencia. Saviola, meanwhile, netted 45 times in 86 games and lifted two Primera Division trophies prior to a move to Barcelona.

Speaking the day after the Nacional B club fell to a shock 1-0 defeat to Atlanta to fall further behind league leaders Instituto in the title race, the club official deflected attention from the loss by highlighting River's interest in bringing back two of their favourite sons to the Monumental.

"A director will travel to speak with the two and try to convince them to return to River this June," Mancusi asserted in an interview with Diario de Noticias on Monday.

"The president of River Plate [Daniel Passarella] wants to take Aimar and Saviola home. We still do not know who will travel - maybe Daniel himself."

Sunday's defeat leaves River three points behind Instituto. The loss also allowed Quilmes to draw level in second place, the final position which guarantees automatic promotion to Argentina's top flight.

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