April 28, 2008

With the internal flame still burning within PSV Eindhoven, the Eredivisie champions are lining up a few summer recruits, namely Francisco Rodríguez of Guadalajara.

The Dutch giants were linked with the Mexican international defender for the first time last December, but Algemeen Dagblad reports that the move fell through at the time because not everyone at PSV agreed it should sign the towering 6-foot-4 center back.

But perhaps now things are different, as the newspaper writes that managing director Jan Reker has been in the Central American country for a few days and on Saturday he watched Rodríguez in action, as Chivas thrashed Puebla 4-0 in a Primera División match.

Nicknamed Maza, with reference to his hometown of Mazatlán, the 26-year-old has 41 caps and one goal to his name since his Mexico debut on Feb. 18, 2004. And he could reunite in Eindhoven with former Guadalajara and active national side teammate Carlos Salcido, should the latter of course stay on with PSV.

Meanwhile, Peruvian Jefferson Farfán is reportedly interested in securing a Dutch passport, which would certainly make it easier for him to leave the Eredivisie champions for another club of a EU country.

In fact, Sportweek magazine suggests that both Olympique Lyonnais and Fiorentina, who are interested in signing the international forward, have asked him to obtain a EU passport in order to speed up negotiations.

However, Farfán would have to spend at least another year in the Netherlands to even apply for a Dutch passport, as he would first have to complete the minimum five-year period required. The 23-year-old joined PSV in the summer of '04, while his contract runs up to mid-2010.

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