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Juan Roman Riquelme poised for join Atletico Madrid

Juan Roman Riquelme poised for join Atletico Madrid

Juan Roman Riquelme is reportedly set to join Atletico Madrid from Villarreal before the transfer window closes on Friday.
Atletico is said to be prepared to pay euro10 million (US$13.6 million) for the Argentina midfielder, who would sign a two-year contract, daily El Pais said Thursday.
Riquelme's arrival would continue Atletico's revamp since last season. The club has made eight signings, among whom are Jose Antonio Reyes from Arsenal, Simao Sabrosa from Benfica and Uruguay striker Diego Forlan, with whom Riquelme enjoyed a prolific partnership at Villarreal.
"Riquelme would be the cherry on a big cake," El Pais quoted an unnamed Atletico official as saying.
The 29-year-old has faced an uncertain future after spending the latter half of last season on loan at his former club, Boca Juniors of Argentina, due to differences with Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini. He has spent the last two weeks training alone and was omitted for Villarreal's win over Valencia in the opening round of the Spanish league last weekend.
In June, Riquelme scored three goals over the two legs of the Copa Libertadores final, leading Boca over Gremio of Brazil 5-0 to claim its sixth South American title. He also played for Boca from 1996 to 2002, winning three league championships, two Copa Libertadores titles, and an Intercontinental Cup.
Riquelme arrived in Spain in 2002, when he had a disappointing season at Barcelona. He then joined Villarreal, first on loan and then permanently in 2004. He helped the team to the semifinals of the 2006 Champions League.
According to the terms of his Villareal contract, Atletico would be required to pay 25 percent of his transfer fee to Barcelona.


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:47 GMT+08:00