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£3m Rumoured: Sale May Trigger Blackburn Exodus

Blackburn Rovers are hoping to offload Argentine midfielder Mauro Formica before Tuesday’s 11pm transfer deadline, according to The Mirror

Formica, 23, joined the club from Newell’s Old Boys on the last day of last season’s January transfer window and he has been a fixture in their side this season, playing in all but one of their twenty-two league fixtures.

Brazilian giants Flamengo are reportedly prepared to pay £3million for the player who cost Rovers £3.5million one year ago. The much-maligned club owners Venky’s sent a private jet to Argentina in a bid to sign the player and offered him a deal worth more than £670,000 per year in order to stave off competition from Monaco. l

At the time Blackburn manager Steve Kean compared the striker to legendary Argentine striker Carlos Batistuta but this seems a strange call as Formica is very much an attacking midfielder rather than an out-and-out striker. Indeed his career statistics confirm that he is certainly no Batigol. He managed approximately one goal in every four games for Newell’s (20 in 84) and has so far notched just 3 goals for Rovers.

Although it would be a surprise to see a player who has featured regularly for the club this season sold just one year after his arrival nothing can be ruled out whilst Venky’s remain in charge at Ewood Park. The player is said to be unsettled and may fancy a return to South America whilst any transfer fee would be given to Kean to spend.

But with less than twenty-four hours to go before the window closes and other Blackburn stars rumoured to be close to the exit door too, Formica’s sale would be sure to rank amongst the strangest deals on deadline day.

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