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Is Rodrigo Palacio about to sign for Arsenal?

Pix: Rodrigo Palacio... yes, thats a pony tail!

Strong rumours in Argentina seems to believe that the Boca Juniors star's possible move to Barcelona for £15m has been stalled due to ongoing negotiations with his two previous clubs, Huracán de Tres Arroyos and Banfield. The two clubs are believed to still own a percentage of the player but Boca seem unable to reach an agreement with them. Rumours have been circulating in Argentina that Arsenal would swoop in for a while and a Boca Juniors fan blog has confirmed (or added flame to the fire) that Arsenal have reached an agreement with all parties but haven't negotiated with the player. How reliable is the source? I have absolutely no idea!

Palacio is widely considered to be one of Argentina's top strikers and it is believed Arsenal, if we have in fact got an offer accepted, would have to pay an amount around £17m €21.5m(did the math wrong)! Thats a huge sum considering the last time we spent that much, we got Jose Antonio Reyes!

Palacio made his first appearance at a World Cup in 2006 when he came on as a substitute against Ivory Coast in their group stage match. He has scored 39 goals in 79 appearances for Boca. Boca president, Mauricio Macri labelled the 25-year-old the best striker in Argentina when he said, "For Palacio, we will have to receive the biggest offer in the world because for me he is the best forward in Argentina,".

Youtube video!
(+ pinch of salt)

PS: He is Boca's no.14! Make your own conclusions...

posted by highbury1913 @ 8:50 pm | |

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