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Palmeiras to make new approach for Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Román Riquelme

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Palmeiras have confirmed they intend to make a new approach for Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Román Riquelme.

Riquelme, 34, confirmed last week that he would definitely be leaving the Argentine giants, despite their new coach Carlos Bianchi trying to convince the former Barcelona star to stay at the club.

“Last Friday we made another appointment, to ask the conditions, but he did not answer. We do not want to make proposals, we want to know the conditions before,” Palmeiras president Arnaldo Tirone told Lancenet!

The midfielder has not played since July after Boca lost the Copa Libertadores final to Corinthians, with Riquelme refusing to return to La Bombonera, saying he had given all he could to the club.

One of the problems Palmeiras, who were relegated from the top flight of Brazilian football last season, face in their attempts to sign the Argentine star is the financial demands of the player.

A way to fund the player’s salary would be with an outside investment, similar to how São Paulo managed to link up with a car dealership and Visa to help fund Lucio’s wages.

However, the club are worried that at 34, and having not played since July, not many companies will be attracted to such a proposal.

Source: Lancenet!


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