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Rumor: AC Milan now also interested in LAFC’s Brian Rodriguez

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Another Italian club reportedly checking out the Uruguayan.

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A little while back we got word out of Italy that Los Angeles Football Club forward Brian Rodriguez was being shopped to Serie A clubs by his agent, and now comes a new rumor that another, high profile club in the league is eyeing the Uruguayan attacker.

AC Milan is “also in the running,” according to a report from Italian outlet Tutto Mercado Web this week. Reportedly, talks are taking place between the club and Rodriguez’s agent, Pablo Bentancur, about a move.

This would seem to fit in with the earlier report from about two weeks back, with Bentancur shopping Rodriguez to the likes of Napoli, Sampdoria and Bologna during this dead period in the sports calendar due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

However, as I noted in the previous report, it’s one thing for an agent to be talking up his player to clubs, and quite another thing for the clubs involved to actually make bids on the player, that would then be accepted by LAFC.

I still think LAFC want to make a profit on Rodriguez, if they even want to sell him this year, and I’m not sure the conditions will be ripe for his value to be high enough in a market that will quite possibly be depressed for LAFC to pull the trigger immediately — if an Italian club is making a bid at all.

I know some fans have turned on Rodriguez since he hasn’t scored a goal yet for LAFC, but that seems awfully short-sighted to me. Unlike Andre Horta, who never meshed with his teammates when he played, Rodriguez had to take the field in a hurry after joining LAFC and slotted in right away. Is it a concern he has yet to score for his club? Yes, of course. But he doesn’t look abjectly lost, and there is a feeling that once he gets the first one, the dam would burst and he would really show what he can do.

So this updated rumor is a big old shrug for me, and I think it’s unlikely until we hear some chatter on the American side of this, too. We’ll keep an eye on things.

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