SANTIAGO.- After reaching an agreement with San Lorenzo de Almagro (the athlete's current team), the University of Chile has paid 1 million dollars to add the Argentine midfielder, Walter Montillo, to its team.
22 year-old Montillo began playing with the "Gauchos de Boedo" (a nickname for the San Lorenzo team) during the 2002 season. Montillo played 105 games with them, and was also part of the Morelia team of Mexico. He also played for the National Argentine Team at the World Cup for players under 20, which was held in the United Arab Emirates in 2003.
The University of Chile will split the payment for Montillo into two parts. They will pay half of the money now and the rest in December of 2008, ensuring the player a position for five years.
The soccer player will arrive in Santiago at some point during the next few days in order to sign the contract.
Montillo will join "la U" to play alongside his fellow countryman, forward Raúl "Pipa" Estévez, who became a new addition just last week to the team coached by Arturo Salah.