There is news that Newcastle United are prepared to move in the summer to bring Argentine play-maker Juan Roman Riquelme to Newcastle United.
Juan Roman Riquelme – on loan next season?
There were rumors last summer that Newcastle were interested in Riquelme, so we don’t know if there is any truth in this story or it’s simply a regurgitation of a stale old story.
But Riquelme impressed during last summer’s Olympic Games, where he was one of Argentina’s three allowed over-age players, and he captained the side to victory.
Riquelme currently plays for Argentine Primera División side Boca Juniors, and in the Olympics he scored one goal against Brazil in the semi-final.
Riquelme was praised by journalists and players alike throughout last year’s Olympics, not only for his outstanding performances for his country, but also how professional he was, and he proved to be an excellent role model for the younger players.
That’s good to hear because we doubted whether Riquelme still had the passion to play top class football, after he left Villarreal two years ago.
The fact we have Argentine Internationals Gutierrez and Coloccini at the club should also help and the news is that Newcastle would like to get Riquelme on a one year loan deal next season.
The fee Boca Juniors want for the player is around £7M, but Newcastle are unlikely to want to pay that amount for a player who turns 31 in June.
Certainly one of the things missing form Newcastle is a creative midfield player, and 6′ tall Riquelme would be a big draw in England, but we hope the club is trying to make the deal now, before other clubs become interested.
Since we were supposed to be after an Italian and Argentine player on loan last month, and then nothing happened, we wonder if the Argentine was Riquelme.
Riquelme has played 54 times for Argentina with 18 goals.
So far he has scored six goals in 27 appearances for Boca Juniors this season, and he may be ready to try his hand in England.
Hopefully with Newcastle United.
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