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At a time when Chilean soccer is struggling, Rodrigo Tello shines as one of the few points of light for a country whose national team and domestic league are in disarray. The left midfielder for Universidad de Chile and the Chilean National Team has now reportedly drawn interest form Juventus of the Italian Serie A.

Juve is the third major foreign club and the first European one to show interest in Tello. The Argentine clubs Boca Juniors and River Plate have also set their sights on the young midfielder. Unfortunately for the Chilean, all three clubs face the same obstacle in their quests to sign him. None of the three have any roster spots available for a foreign player.

For one of these teams to sign Tello, it would have to first sell one of their foreign players to make room for him. With this in mind, River has emerged as the leading candidate to win Tello's services. They have some players already looking to make the jump across the pond to Europe. Such a move would not only make room for Tello, but it would finance his transfer away from Universidad de Chile.

Juventus has the financial power to outbid both Boca and River but would have to make a deal first before they could start serious negotiations with Tello. Most likely the Turin club will watch Tello's progress with whichever Argentine club he goes to. If Juve continue to like what they see, Chile might have another player in the Serie A by the start of the 2001 season.
 
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