'One of the most complete midfielders': BBC pundit stunned by reported Arsenal target's World Cup display today
Arsenal have been linked with Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde ahead of the January transfer window.
Back in October, Defensa Central reported that Gunners scouts were present at the Champions League game between Los Blancos and Shakhtar Donetsk.
While Mykhaylo Mudryk was apparently the main player in the Arsenal scouts’ sights, Valverde apparently stuck out the most for them.
Arsenal missed out on a new midfielder in the latter days of the summer transfer window, as Douglas Luiz stayed at Aston Villa.
Now, with the January window on the horizon, the Gunners could well delve into the market for midfield reinforcements.
Valverde is at the World Cup with Uruguay and delivered a solid display in his nation’s first game of the tournament.
The two-time world champions played out a 0-0 draw with South Korea, and the 24-year-old very nearly won it for his side.
Valverde saw an effort from distance strike the post, and he also provided good defensive coverage in midfield.
Pablo Zabaleta, speaking on BBC Match of the Day, liked what he saw from the Bernabeu ace.
“I think Valverde is a good player,” said the Argentina icon.
“For me, he has been outstanding this season for Real Madrid.
“You can’t give this much space to Valverde in those areas because he has an immense shot from a long distance.
“Very lucky, to be honest, because it would have been a fantastic goal.
“I have to say. One of the most complete midfielders, at the moment, in world football.
“He is strong defensively. He has been improving his passing. Creativity. A lot of energy to work hard for the team, so it’s brilliant play from Valverde.”
Admittedly, Arsenal won’t find it easy to land the Uruguayan from Real Madrid.
He is a regular starter in one of the best teams in the world and has a contract until 2027. This includes a reported €1bn release clause.
Although Arsenal are certainly heading in the right direction, they’d likely struggle to sign Valverde even if they were regular Premier League and Champions League victors, just because he’s already at one such team.
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