The end of the European season has brought with it the usual spate of embryonic transfer rumours, so since there’s no Argentines Abroad this week, let’s take a (very) quick look at some of them to give you a bit of reading matter today, shall we? Boca Juniors have had a few offers for players, whilst elsewhere there are contract renewals in the offing.
Boca Juniors’ poor season hasn’t stopped a number of their players turning the heads of foreign clubs apparently. Deportivo de La Coruña are reported to have offered US$11 million for Rodrigo Palacio, but Boca have shot back, saying they want US$13 million. Their interest in upping the price is understandable: whatever the transfer fee, Banfield will take 17.5%, Palacio’s former club Huracán de Tres Arroyos 10%, and the player himself 15%. Good news is that Martín Palermo, in his never-ending quest to make sure he’s quite indisputably Boca’s all-time highest goalscorer, whenever you stop counting, by the time he retires, is set to sign a new contract.
There are also rumours of a move from Mexico to sign Paraguayan full back Claudio Morel Rodríguez, and Fabián Vargas has stirred interest from unnamed parties, whilst Lucas Viatri and Gabriel Paletta (formerly of Liverpool) are also expected to leave.
In Avellaneda, there’s similar joy as young starlet Franco Zuculini has announced he’ll stay with Racing for ‘at least one more year’ to aid his development and try and help the club who’ve brought him up out. Zuculini is being hunted by numerous European clubs including German mega-minnows Hoffenheim, who have reportedly made the first concrete offer for his services, but he insists he’s not interested just yet.
And finally, the Argentine manager (and ex-defender) Mauricio Pocchettino, has renewed his contract with Barcelona club Espanyol after leading them clear of relegation in the Spanish first division this season. His new contract runs for the next three seasons, and will start with Espanyol’s first season in their new stadium – they move out of the never-especially-popular Estadi Olimpic (photo here if you’d like to see it) this summer.