News today that Newcastle United, Swansea and Blackburn Rovers are all said to be interested in in Valencia left-winger Vicente Rodriguez.
Vincente Rodriguez – Valencia left winger
Vincente’s contract runs out and he becomes a free agent next month, and Newcastle may consider him good value, although he’s a little old, for what Newcastle are generally on the look-out for these days, and he turns 30 next month.
The left sided player may still be a decent capture however, and he played 38 times for Spain between 2001 and 2005, and has 3 international goals.
The word on Vincente is that he has above-average technique, good pace and decent goal-scoring ability, but his career has been continually interrupted by injuries
The player’s agent has been getting his client’s name circulated to clubs to ensure they know he will become available shortly.
Vicente told Cadena Ser about two attempts by Real Madrid to sign him but that he never did move to Madrid:
“They have twice tried to sign me. The first time when I was only 16. The second time was after we had just won La Liga and the UEFA Cup with Valencia.”
“Real Madrid made a €36M offer for me, but Valencia turned the bid down. That was the end of the Madrid links.”
Vincente joined Valencia, his home town club, from Levante back in 2000, and has 50 goals in 319 appearances for the Spanish Club.
The news doing the rounds is that Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias has suggested Vincente as a potential free transfer to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
We have no doubt the player will be discussed at the meeting taking place today, between the Newcastle top brass and Alan Pardew – on the current transfer situation – and we could see some immediate moves coming out of that meeting.
If Pardew believes Vincente could be a decent acquisition, we cannot think he will be offered no more than a two or three year contract, but of course there may be even better value available, that will be discussed today.
One thing that has been pleasing with the Newcastle transfer business this summer so far, is that the club are going after good players, and that’s always good to see.
But there’s a concern of ours – yes maybe it’s just us – that Newcastle could lose too many of their more established players this summer, since most seem to be available at the right price.
But it has to be so far so good in the transfer market.
Howay The Lads!!