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Palmeiras consider signing Juan Román Riquelme – Report

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Relegated Palmeiras are looking into the possibility of signing veteran Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Román Riquelme for next season according to Lancenet!, although the move is not universally supported throughout the club.

Riquelme, 34, has not played since Boca lost the final of the Copa Libertadores to Corinthians in July after declaring that he had nothing left to give the Buenos Aires club.

São Paulo giants Palmeiras are a club in turmoil at the moment after being relegated from the Brazilian top flight this year, despite winning the Copa do Brasil earlier in the season.

The club see the Argentine number 10 as the ideal player to help get them challenge for promotion, but more importantly being able to contribute to their Copa Libertadores campaign, for which they qualified as a result of the cup success.

However, the board at Palmeiras are not enamoured with the idea of signing the playmaker due to his age. They have been angered by the presence of Chilean midfielder Jorge Valdívia, who has largely been in poor form or injured since his return in 2010, in the squad and are trying to move the player on.

Riquelme has also been linked with moves to Santos and Cruzeiro in recent months.


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