Diego Junior set to play in Argentina



BUENOS AIRES (AP) — The son of soccer great Diego Maradona is close to joining a third-division Argentine club.

Diego Sinagra Maradona — often known as Diego Junior — is expected to join the club El Porvenir. The club’s coach says the midfielder is expected to arrive next week in Argentina after paperwork is completed.

El Porvenir coach Luis Ventura said on his Twitter feed that signing Diego Junior “would not cost the club a cent, but could generate interest and income.”

Diego Junior was born in Italy in 1986, the offspring of a relationship Maradona had with an Italian woman, Cristina Sinagra, while he was playing with Italian club Napoli.

Diego Junior has had little contact with his father and his career has been limited to lower-level clubs in Italy.