Latics boss hopeful of keeping dynamic duo

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The Hugo Rodallega transfer saga looks set to rumble on this summer after it emerged Villarreal could pay up to £10 million for the Colombian forward.

Rodallega has had a string of clubs interested in signing him, and admitted over the weekend that teams in both England and abroad were keen on his services.

"Arsenal are interested in me and this is a club I have always liked. There are many teams interested, it’s true. Villarreal, Sevilla, Arsenal also have some interest, Everton, too," the striker was quoted as saying in The People.

"There is a lot of speculation but my future at this moment is at Wigan. I have signed for one more year in Wigan, but if the club decides on my sale that is no problem if the subject is positive for all parties."

Arsenal's interest is thought to be on the wane following Arsene Wenger's claims that Samir Nasri will be staying at the Emirates this summer and the arrival of Ivorian Gervinho, but Villarreal are keen to sign a replacement for Italian striker Giuseppe Rossi, who in-turn is in talks with Juventus.


The news adds to Roberto Martínez's potential problems at the DW Stadium, with Charles N’Zogbia, also tipped to leave the club this summer.

However, the former Swansea boss has admitted that of the bids received thus far, none have been near the Latics' valuation and the club will not be selling on the cheap.

"I see some players being sold for £20m or £30m and Zoggy's better, we've had bids but they're nowhere near our valuation," said Martinez in reference to N'Zogbia.

Rodallega, who arrived at Wigan for £4.5million in January 2009, six months before Martínez took control of the club, has been a big hit at the club, with the Colombian’s value increasing significantly over the two years thanks to his 22 goals for the club.

Martínez almost lost Rodallega during last season’s January transfer window, and spoke out about his importance in the side.

"Every team has two or three players who are massively important. 

Every side has players who earn respect within the group and when they are out, they are missed.

 Hugo is that sort of player for us - as a team, we need players like Hugo available week in, week out."

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