Rafael Santos Borre was a key transfer target for Swansea City.
La Liga side Villarreal and Serie A outfit Udinese, have both made firm enquiries for Deportivo Cali striker Rafael Santos Borre, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
The talented 19-year-old was on the verge of a switch to Swansea City and the Premier League, per recent reports by the South Wales Evening Post, for a fee valuing the player somewhere betwee £3 million and £4 million.
However, it was subsequently reported that Swansea City would have to pull out of the race for the Colombian, due to difficulties obtaining a work-permit for his move to Britain.
Despite the collapse of that planned move, Helmuth Wennin, the agent of the player, confirmed to Marca that there remains plenty of interest from “many foreign teams” for his client.
Santos Borre himself also recognised that various clubs in Europe are jostling for his signature, acknowledging: “Offers have arrived at Deportivo Cali, but for now I’m very calm. I’m thinking about the present and staying where I am.”
“I won’t rule out any chance to play abroad, or of wanting to play in Europe, which would be very welcome.” He added.
Certainly in Spanish football, there aren’t the same restrictions towards overseas players as there are in Britain. There is a limit of three “foreign” players that can be registered in La Liga squads.
South Americans are classed as foreign, but can usually gain Spanish citizenship after two years, whilst most African and Caribbean players are exempt from classification as foreign, under the Cotonou Agreement.
Whilst the interest from Villarreal for Santos Borre could be seen as a direct replacement for Luciano Vietto, who has agreed to join Atletico Madrid, the enquiries from Udinese could also have implications in La Liga.
Pozzo backed Granada are looking to make attacking reinforcements, so any move by Udinese could either be purely for themselves, or mindful of the needs of their Spanish partners.
The wealth of interest Santos Borre is based on his positive scoring record in the Colombian league, having netter 15 in 29 games.