Arca keen on La Liga move
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland star Julio Arca has admitted that he is attracted by Espanyol's interest.
Sunderland crowd favourite Julio Arca has admitted that he is attracted by the prospect of a switch to La Liga.
As previously revealed, Espanyol are targeting the classy Argentinian as one of their summer captures following Sunderland's relegation to The Championship.
Arca would almost certainly have been expected to jump at a chance to move after remaining loyal the last time The Black Cats were demoted, but Niall Quinn's takeover could herald a new era at The Stadium of Light and the Irishman would surely like to see the South American remain part of a brighter future.
"As a good Argentine, I have always wanted to play in the Spanish league," he told COM Radio.
"For me, it is a dream.
"I have spoken about Espanyol with [Javier] Saviola and Maxi [Rodriguez] and they have told me about the wonders of the club.
"Besides, playing in the Uefa Cup motivates me as well.
"The interest from Espanyol makes me very happy. I know that they have been speaking about me all week and that the problem is in the form of the payment."
Although it was expected that the Barcelona-based club would attempt a loan move, the left-sided star would prefer a permanent arrangement if the clubs can come to an agreement.
"The best is a transfer as I finish my contract next season," he explained.