Portuguese side Sporting Braga have confirmed that there are several English Premiership clubs that have shown an interest in 6’0″ Peruvian defender Alberto Rodriguez.
Alberto Rodriguez – Peru International linked with Newcastle again
Aston Villa and Newcastle United have both been linked with a move for the central defender and Braga president Antonio Salvador has confirmed he is willing to let the player go, but only of course if the price is right.
The 22-year-old, who is valued around Â£6M, is nicknamed ‘El Mudo’ (The Mute) and impressed for Peru at the Copa America earlier this year. He has now come to the attention of several clubs in England.
Salvador told the Portuguese media.
“It is true that interest in the kid from English clubs exists, but the subject has not been closed,”
“It is possible that I will go to England personally to speak about him.â€ “Alberto has a value in the market and Sporting Braga is not disposed to reducing it by a euro in any deal.”
Alberto Junior RodrÃguez Valdelomar, otherwise known as RodrÃguez, was born in Lima, Peru, in March, 1984. He plays for Sporting de Braga in the Superliga and has represented the Peru National side 31 times.
Before moving to Braga, he played for Sporting Cristal in Lima, Peru, a total of 155 times and scored 15 goals. He has so far played 15 times for Braga and scored one goal. RodrÃguez represented Peru during the qualifying stages of the 2006 World Cup, and played for Peru in Copa AmÃ©rica 2007.Â He is contracted to Braga until the end of 2010. Other clubs said to be interested in the player include Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Boavista, as well as Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
But just like the 5-6 defenders we brought into the club in the summer, Alberto has no Premiership experience, and would likely need time to adjust to the rigors of English Football.Â We donâ€™t think therefore he would be a good buy at this time and we believe any defenders coming to the club in January should have Premiership experience. That doesnâ€™t apply to the youngsters we expect to bring in next month.
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