Villarreal agree deal to sell Riquelme to Boca

November 26, 2007

MADRID, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Villarreal have reached an agreement with Argentina midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme for him to join Boca Juniors, the Primera Liga club said in a statement on Monday.

Villarreal directors Jose Manuel Llaneza and Miguel Perez will meet with the Argentine club in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to complete the transfer.

The 29-year-old fell out with Villarreal and their Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini midway through last season and was loaned to his former club Boca for the second part of the campaign.

He inspired them to victory in the Libertadores Cup but returned to Villarreal after a possible move to Atletico Madrid fell through in August, and has not played for the Primera Liga side this season.

Despite not playing in Spain he has produced some inspired performances for Argentina in their World Cup qualifiers, and scored four goals.

Boca have made no secret of their desire to land the mercurial playmaker, but his high wages and outstanding contract at Villarreal have been a stumbling block.

Villarreal have made an impressive start to their season without him, and lie second in the standings one point behind leaders Real Madrid.