There is news being reported today that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is about to launch a â‚¤15M bid for 25 year-old Rodrigo Palacio of Boca Juniors
Rodrigo SebastiÃ¡n Palacio (full name) has scored 39 goals in 79 Boca appearances over the last two seasons at Boca â€“ and if the story is true it puts in doubt Wenger’s reported interest in Newcastle striker Oba Martins.
Palacio is 5′ 9″ tall and has played 168 first class games in South America with his previous clubs including Banfield and HuracÃ¡n de Tres Arroyos. During those five years he has scored a total of 63 goals. He has represented Argentina 4 times with no goals.
Of course if no â‚¤13M bid comes in for Oba Martins before the transfer window closes he will stay at Newcastle. But Sam Allardyce seems anxious to renegotiate Martins contract to omit the release clause and give Oba Martins a wage increase to boot.
No word yet on whether Sam even talked to Oba last Friday about his future – but we would expect something official coming out of Newcastle this week. It would be good if Oba commits his future to Newcastle. We don’t think we’ve seen the best of Oba Martins yet â€“ much more is yet to come.