Spanish Football Transfer Gossip
La Liga Review thinks the agent of Uruguay international Martin Caceres has been a bit busy over the last couple of days as stories linking him with both Chelsea and Real Madrid are appearing in both the British and Spanish press…
The 20-year-old central defender is currently on loan at Recreativo Huelva from Villarreal, who he signed for last year after impressing at the World Youth Cup.
Either his performances for Recreativo have attracted interest from some of the continent's biggest football clubs, or his agent is fueling the rumours trying to secure a move to bigger club and an even bigger pay cheque.
According to reports in the British press, the 20 year old central defender will be the subject of an improved bid from Chelsea after the Premiership club had a 10 million euros bid rejected. It is being claimed Villarreal's sporting director Jose Manuel Llaneza flew to London earlier this month for talks with Roman Abramovich, when the initial bid was lodged.
According to the reports, Chelsea are about to return to Villarreal with an improved offer in the region of 15 million euros.
However, stories have appeared in the Spanish press claiming that Real Madrid are about to make a 15 million euros bid for Caceres as well. Radio Marca are claiming that Villarreal will be happy to release Caceres so long as Real Madrid are willing to allow Getafe to sell Ruben De La Red to the yellow submarines.
So you should be. You see, Ruben De La Red is winning many admirers at Getafe who he joined from Real Madrid last summer. However, Los Merengues have a habit of never giving their young players a chance in the first team, but are also very reluctant to let them go altogether - as was the case with Granero and Soldado. Consequently Real Madrid have included a buy-back clause in Caceres's contract that gives them the final say on who can actually buy the player.
Consequently, it is claimed that Villarreal will be more than happy to sell Caceres to Madrid - as long as Madrid give Getafe permission to sell De La Red to Villarreal.
So who is this Caceres who is causing so much fuss?
José Martín Cáceres joined Villarreal on a five year deal in February 2007 as a free transfer from Defensor Sporting Club in Uruguay. He subsequently went out on a 12 month loan to Recreativo Huelva without ever kicking a ball for Villarreal. He also played for the Uruguay under-20 team in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
He has also been linked with Juventus and Arsenal in the past and apparently rejected terms at Atletico Madrid. He has been compared favourably with fellow Uruguayan and former Juventus centre half Paolo Montero, who has said of Caceres "I'm not keen on comparisons, but I have to admit that he is a bit like me in temperament and physical stature and he has room to grow."
It would seem that the player has potential and that if the reports are correct, that potential has been identified by the scouts at some of Europe's biggest clubs. However, what is unclear is whether or not he is worth any where near the valuations that are being circulated in the press: judging by his role in Recreativo's 7-1 hammering at the hands of Mallorca last weekend, you might be forgiven for thinking that he is not.