Report: Arsenal in 'lead' for 'remarkable' £33m attacker; agents braced for potential talks
Arsenal have been heavily linked with Villarreal’s Yeremy Pino in recent days.
According to El Periodico Mediterraneo, the Gunners are the most interested club in the race for the 19-year-old.
Meanwhile, Spanish outlet AS claim Villarreal would be likely to accept any bid in the region of €40-50m (£33-42m).
Now, Marca and EPM have provided further updates on Arsenal’s pursuit of Pino, as transcribed by Sport Witness.
Marca has claimed that the Gunners and Liverpool are in the ‘lead’ to sign the Spain international.
Villarreal are currently ‘waiting’ because ‘any movement’ could lead to Premier League interest intensifying.
Meanwhile, EPM have reported that the La Liga club hasn’t yet received an offer from Arsenal or elsewhere.
Apparently, there has been only ‘one communication of a principle of interest’.
Namely, to know the intention of the player and Unai Emery’s side to carry out the potential transfer.
The report doesn’t mention which club made this approach.
However, they do explain Pino’s agents have maintained contacts with important Premier League sides.
The representatives have ‘seen with interest the possibility of starting talks for his signing’.
As per the AS report, EPM claim a deal Pino can happen for a fee of around €40-50m this summer.
‘His composure belies his age’
Arsenal have (reportedly) picked out a superb target in Pino, one of the most talented youngsters in Spanish football.
He enjoyed a breakout campaign for the Spanish side last year, scoring six goals and adding four assists in 21 starts.
Pino also featured seven times as Unai Emery’s side reached the Champions League semi-finals.
He’s young, very talented, and has a fair bit of experience at the top level too.
Earlier this year, Squawka published a scouting report on Pino.
‘Yeremi’s finishing is remarkable’, they wrote.
‘He has a natural ability to get himself into goalscoring positions through his movement and well-timed runs, and once he’s there, his composure belies his age.’
They also said Pino was ‘among the most prolific dribblers within Villarreal’s squad, and brings great value to Emery’s squad with that attribute and his blistering pace.
‘He is crucial in the transition, and that is why the former Arsenal coach has opted for Pino in games where the counter-attack has been crucial.’
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