After weeks of speculation, Peñarol finally confirmed the signing of highly-rated defender Ignacio Ithurralde from Argentine club Rosario Central.
Since becoming a professional with Defensor Sporting in 2007, he emigrated to Mexican football with Monterrey, and then returned to South America with Argentine clubs Olimpo de Bahia Blanca and Rosario Central.
Ithurralde, 25, was one of Peñarol's main priorities this season, as they look to confront the Copa Libertadores and the Uruguayan Clausura championship with a highly competitive squad.
"We insisted with Ithurralde because we were convinced he will be an important player for us. Not only can he play as a defender, but also as a midfielder. He provides us with lots of options," stated Peñarol boss Mario Saralegui.
The versatile centre back is likely to debut for his new club next week. However, he will not be able to participate in the clasico with crosstown rivals Nacional, which will be the second match of the Copa Bimbo, to be played at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo on Saturday night.
Gregory Sica, Goal.com