It is looking more and more likely that an Inter fan favorite, Rodrigo Palacio, may be on his way out of the San Siro and back to Boca Juniors and his beloved Argentina.
It's not that this rumor comes as a total surprise, as Palacio is 33 years old and his best soccer years are now firmly behind him. To be frank, they were probably behind him before he even made the jump across the pond in 2009, but he has remained effective in Europe for the better half of a decade, and that in itself is impressive for any player to have on his resume. But it will probably still come as a bit of a blow to Inter fans, as Palacio has endeared himself greatly to the fanbase, and his positive attitude and clutch play will certainly be missed.
The claims that Palacio may be moving back to Argentina were rekindled by the news that his old club were losing their top scorer, Jonathan Calleri, in January, and would attempt to woo Palacio as Calleri's replacement.
Although Palacio has had some wonderful seasons during his short tenure with Inter, the time has probably come for Inter to consider letting him go. Palacio only scored 12 goals in all competitions last season, and this season he has yet to score a goal or even provide an assist.
If an offer were to come from Boca, Inter would indeed by wise to let the Argentinian go, as he is currently the fourth-highest earner on the squad (€3.2 million / year) and we'd be lying if we said Inter couldn't use the extra cash.
If Palacio does leave in January, it's safe to say we'll miss him. But we'll wait until he's actually gone to write the farewell letter.