Ewood Park side target another big name signing.
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Blackburn are considering a move for Argentina playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme.
The Lancashire club’s new owners have promised to bring a big-name to Ewood Park and, after missing out on Ronaldinho, they are now set to try and lure the former Barcelona star.
The 32-year-old only signed a new long-term deal with Boca Juniors last summer but that will not stop ambitious Rovers from making their move.
Agent Barry McIntosh, who negotiated Jermaine Jones’ loan switch to Ewood Park earlier this month, revealed: “I have spoken with Jerome Anderson, who is doing a lot of work for Blackburn Rovers, about Riquelme and it is being thought about.
“He could prove a great alternative to Ronaldinho, but there is nothing definite yet,” he added, in the Lancashire Telegraph.
So Blackburn Rovers are after another big name signing, but are they? It transpired that their supposed move to sign Ronaldinho was in fact not a move that AC Milan noticed, in fact that Italian side went out of their way to make it clear that the Ewood Park hadn’t in fact made the bid they claimed they had, but perhaps this time it’s different.
In footballing terms would this move make any sense anyway? There is no denying that in his prime Juan Riquelme was one of the most naturally gifted players of his generation but it must be said that in many ways he failed to deliver on that obvious talent and whilst a move to bring the Argentine to Lancashire may help sell some shirts and give the club some increased media attention, would it help the club’s footballing ambitions?
The playmaker is now 32 and even in his prime was none too athletic and anyone will tell you that there is a world of difference between plying your trade in South America than trying to keep up with the speed and physicality of European, and especially Premier League, football.
Riquelme has been playing away from Europe since November 2007 and it would be a big ask to see him come back and successfully adapt to life in the English top tier. That is not to say that skill level gap of the respective leagues is huge it is more a case that the former Barcelona and Villarreal man would struggle to keep up and whereas he previously had the skill and stamina to bamboozle defences one would doubt that he has that ability now. Add to the mix that the former South American Footballer of the Year only recently came back after six months out with a leg injury.
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