San Lorenzo are locked in talks over an extension to their loan deal for striker Gonzalo Bergessio, as they look to build a team capable of challenging for the 2009 Copa Libertadores.
Bergessio, 24, has scored 13 goals in 35 games since joining on a temporary basis from Portuguese side Benfica, and San Lorenzo coach Miguel Angel Russo is keen to keep hold of him, especially with fellow strikers Nestor Silvera and Juan Carlos Mensequez likely to move on.
Russo sees Bergessio as part of the spine of his side, alongside Pablo Barrientos, Crisitian Ledesma, Gaston Aguirre, Sebastian Mendez and Agustin Orion, and therefore considers the former Racing Club striker as vital to his hopes of Copa Libertadores glory.
San Lorenzo president Rafael Savino has contacted Benfica in the hope of agreeing a six-month extension to the current loan arrangement, which expires in January. However, with other sides thought to be interested in signing Bergessio on a permanent basis, San Lorenzo may find themselves at the back of the queue.
Italian side Genoa have been tracking Bergessio's progress and could be set to make a January move, while one-time San Lorenzo coach Ramon Diaz is keen on taking his former charge to Mexico with his current side Club America.