Overseas scouts eye Marco Rojas
Tuesday 22 Jan 2013 6:13 p.m.
Scouts from European football giants Liverpool and Juventus have reportedly been tracking All Whites winger Marco Rojas after his impressive form in the A-League, and will be watching him closely when his Melbourne Victory take on Sydney FC this weekend.
It is understood Rojas could be signed up as early as next week.
Rojas has been setting the A-League alight this season. He's knocked in 10 goals from 15 games, with many of his finishes world class.
Now the Hamiltonian's highlights reel has made it all the way to the big guns of both the Serie A and English Premier League.
Former All White Danny Hay has played at the highest level in Europe, and believes the 21-year-old has the qualities to succeed there.
“He's got some great ability on the ball,” he says. “He's got great vision, he's got pace. He's certainly developed into a fantastic player.”
But one of our most successful football exports says Rojas shouldn't be in a rush to leave Melbourne.
“It's important for Marco to take just another small step in going forward,” says former Werder Bremen striker Wynton Rufer. “I would say that even if he signed with the Melbourne Victory for one more year that's also a positive step.”
So if Liverpool and Juventus do come calling, who should the All White go for?
“Liverpool, in terms of their philosophy and style would be a great fit for him, the way they try to play the game,” says Hay.
But Rufer says Rojas shouldn't rule out a move to Germany's Bundesliga.
“I've been approached by a few German clubs asking about Marco,” he says.
3 News understands Ryan Nelsen also approached the Rojas camp about a possible move to his Major League Soccer Club Toronto FC, but it's a different team in red that is now favourite to wow him.
Liverpool fan sites have mentioned Rojas as a possible buy for the Merseysiders since the transfer window opened three weeks ago.
But with it closing at the end of the month, and with a likely transfer fee of $1 million set to boast the Melbourne Victory's coffers, Rojas could have few games left in the league where he's made his name.