It has been claimed that Arsenal are closing in on the summer signing of Yermey Pino – the La most exciting young player in La Liga
The teenager is arguably Villarreal’s brightest young talent, and he has a release clause worth €80million (£67.5m).
He scored six goals and laid on four assists in 21 starts in La Liga last season, having enjoyed a breakout campaign the season before that as Villarreal won the Europa League – beating Arsenal on the way in the semi-final.
It has been claimed in the media today that Arsenal FC are all set to seal a move for the player after making a £40 million offer – and despite interest from elsewhere – the Spaniards are ready to accept that fee
It has also been claimed that Villareal need to sell the player in order to raise funds to bring in their own transfer targets.
Yeremy Pino has admitted he models himself on Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He won me over with his mentality and sacrifice. A player who might not be a pure talent, but who, based on work, perseverance and effort, gets to where he wants to,” Pino told Gazzetta via Sport Witness.
“And then he comes from Madeira, an island like Gran Canaria, and looking at him, I also recognised myself in emigration, suffering, difficulties.
“For me, he was a point of reference for everything. Today, the thing that strikes me most about him is his intact ambition: he is 37 and continues to fight and work harder than anyone to keep winning.
“For example, I know that there are people who say that he affects the way a team plays. I reply that he is still one of the few able to carry that team on his shoulders and win a game alone.”
There is so much hype and so much excitement surrounding the young man that it is easy to see why Arsenal FC are keen – but again – he is not ready for the Premier League
There are other targets that would be cheaper and are Premier League proven – why not go for them?