Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec has said that his 24 year-old Uruguayan International striker Diego Rolan traveled to England yesterday to complete a transfer to an English club.
The question is which club is that – with news yesterday the club that had been in the lead to sign him – Fulham – had still top agree on a deal for the 24 year-old.
Another piece of news that has surfaced is that Diego may not be too keen to ply his trade in the Championship and therefore if Newcastle are indeed interested in signing the striker there’s still an opportunity for the Magpies to sign him.
24 year-old Uruguayan International striker Diego Rolan – plays for Bordeaux
Looks like he’s waiting for a call from Rafa
L’Equipe are reporting the player is still hesitant to sign for Fulham – maybe because they are in England’s second division, even though they are expected to be a promotion candidate in the coming season, having beaten us twice last season.
Rolan would come at a low price of €7M which is around £6.1M.
The question is whether he is good enough for Rafa’s Newcastle side, although he has been linked with Newcastle now for over two years.
His manager Gourvennec said this yesterday:
“Rolan traveled to London today, had a second meeting.”
Rolan was also in London on Tuesday to meet with Fulham, but no agreement was reached – so if Rafa Benitez is really interested in this player there’s a chance we could still move aggressively to sign him.
The likelihood, however, is that Diego Rolan is ready to sign for Fulham since Gourvennec said it was for a second meeting – and therefore most likely with Fulham.
Diego moved to Bordeaux from Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting in Montevideo four years ago last January and he has a decent goalscoring record in France.
Last season he scored 10 goals in 34 games in all competitions and in the four and a half seasons he’s been at the French club he has scored 39 goals in 149 games with 13 assists which is fairly average in the French League we suppose.
Rolan’s biggest strength seems to be his versatility, but he can also score goals and he’s a decent enough footballer who made his debut for Uruguay back in September of 2014 in a friendly win against Japan and has 23 caps with 4 goals.
Rolan has only one year left on his contract and could become a free agent next summer, but Fulham most likely is where is his final destination will be.
But you never know and if indeed Lee Charnley and company are working around the clock to get new players in – which we assume is what they are doing – there’s a possibility we could sign him.
We’ll know soon enough.
What do you think?