Friday, November 09, 2007

Top Int'l Clubs Target Chilean Footballer

Carlos Villanueva could play in Brazil, France or Holland

Audax Italiano is not one of Chile´s most popular football teams, but thanks to the brilliant play shown by 21 year old Carlos Villanueva, the Santiago based club is now in first place in the 2007 first division championship.

Carlos Villanueva by UPI

Each week the club's president, Valentin Cantergiani gets offers from clubs all over the world that want to hire Villanueva, the leading goalscorer in the 2007 Chilean First Division tournament with 17 goals, many of them scored from free kicks. Until now the most famous clubs that have inquired about Villanueva are Palmeiras (Brazil), River Plate (Argentina), Ajax and PSV Eindhoven (Holland) , and Toulouse and Racing Strasbourg (France).
Palmeiras have offered Cantergiani US$7 million for Villanueva´s transfer, but Audax´s president has stated that "we are not in a hurry to make a decision about Villanueva´s future". Another famous South American club, River Plate has also held conversations with Audax, while Toulouse of France is also willing to pay the US$7 million transfer fee for the talented midfielder. Two very important European clubs, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven have also declared that they are interested in Villanueva since these clubs are always keen to hire talented and young South American players.
The Chilean press has commented that Audax Italiano may transfer Villanueva after the end of the local championship in December and the player would be travelling to Europe in January 2008 or otherwise at the beginning of the summer in that continent.

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