There is news today that both Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United are attempting to sign Argentine International Diego Placente from Celta Vigo, in the January transfer window.
Sam Allardyce – pursuing Diego Placente?
Diego Placente is keen to depart Celta Vigo following their relegation from the Spanish top flight last season. The Argentine defender has been strongly linked recently with a move to Wigan Athletic, although Celta’s refusal to cancel his contract is said to be holding up the deal. Placente has been cut from the club’s squad, has two years left on his existing contract, but still wants to be released in order to move clubs in January.
However, Placente looks set for a move to Premiership side Wigan Athletic FC or Newcastle United and reports today suggest he is in talks right now with Wigan Athletic.
Placente said recently to La Voz de Galicia:
“Celta’s treatment of me is unjust,” “I do not understand Celta’s motives for not allowing me to leave.”
“Celta want specific conditions for my exit and now I’m going to lose money over the matter.”
Here’s the playing career of Diego Placente:
Years Club App Goals 1995â€“1997 Argentinos Juniors 36 0 1997â€“2001 River Plate 110 5 2001â€“2005 Bayer Leverkusen 133 3 2005â€“2007 Celta de Vigo) 58 0 2000 Argentina 22 0
We find it strange that we have been linked with 3 left-backs today. It looks like we will be signing two 17 year-olds soon. Ben Tozer from Swindon Town, which looks official now, and also impressive young Hungarian left wing-back Tamas Kadar from Zalaegerszeg. Surely we’re not that short of left-backs at the club, although we did pay up Babayaro’s contract last week.
Placente actually played at St. James Park in November, 2006 when Newcastle beat Celta Vigo 2-1 in the UEFA Cup. He is just under 5’10″ tall and turned 30 years old last April. Finally here’s some biographical information on Placente:
He was born on 24th April 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently plays at left-back for Celta de Vigo of the Spanish league. Placente started playing professionally in 1996 with Argentinos Juniors, before moving to Argentine giant River Plate in 1997. He transferred to Bayer Leverkusen in 2001, where he played until 2005 when his contract expired. At that time he turned down an offer from English club Everton to join Celta de Vigo in Spain.
Placente played his first match with the Argentine national side in 2000, and was capped 22 times. A number of clubs are said to be pursuing Placente and according to the Greek press, Olympiacos are trying to persuade the player to move to Greece. Speculation in the Scottish press recently suggested the player was a target for Rangers FC.
Looks like everybody is after him.