Argentinian duo in demand
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
SOUTH AMERICAN starlets Maximiliano Rodriguez and Andres D'Alessandro continue to be linked with big-money moves to Europe, but there are still no concrete details on their proposed transfers.
Newell's Old Boys starlet Rodriguez has previously attracted attention from Sunderland, and is a key member of the successful Argentinian Under-20 side.
Spanish sources suggest agents have been negotiating to take the player to Espanyol, after their scouts were impressed with his performances.
The attacking midfielder would not come cheaply and, after landing Paulo Sousa, financing the deal may be problematic for the Barcelona-based outfit.
"I don't have information about Espanyol, to be honest," lawyer Santiago Slucewski told planetfootball.com.
"At least, no-one has talked with us about Espanyol.
"They were looking at another Argentinian player, Lucas Bernardi, but couldn't afford him."
Slucewksi, a member of agent Marcelo Simonian's team which deals with the cream of Argentina's up-and-coming talent, added that Juventus may be interested in River Plate's D'Alessandro (pictured), but reports of a pre-agreement with the Turin giants appear to be premature.
"It's still the same with D'Alessandro," he stressed. "Everyone says the deal with Juventus is close but the reality is that we do not have a concrete offer from Juve.
"I believe they may be interested, but nothing more yet."
European clubs appear to be trying to take advantage of the economic crisis in Argentina, in order to try and sign players for bargain prices, and Juve will be aware that they may not need to splash out the asking price of around $25 million in order to buy the 20-year-old in June.