Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and West Ham United are amongst a large group of Premier League sides monitoring Orbelin Pineda, with 90min reporting that the winger is open to considering a future move.
As noted by 90min, Pineda is a popular member of Cruz Azul’s ranks due to his work-rate. He has scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 68 appearances for the club.
The report claims that he turned down the chance to join Manchester City back in 2016 before joining his current club in a £10 million deal.
However, it would appear that there is now a fresh chance that he could end up in the Premier League.
Along with the likes of the Gunners and Spurs, 90min reports that Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton also want the 24-year-old.
It is noted that he looks more likely to head to mainland Europe with a host of other sides keen – 90min names Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Porto and Monaco as fellow admirers – but the Premier League septet are keeping an eye on the situation.
TBR View: Pineda’s contract situation makes move worth the gamble for likes of Arsenal and Spurs
90min reports that Pineda’s contract expires next December. So you would imagine that Cruz Azul will be unable to demand a huge fee for him.
That should perhaps make a potential move more tempting for the Premier League sides chasing him.
He is versatile. Pineda can play on either wing, or in a more central role. He has spent much of his career to date as a midfield playmaker. But he looks at his best when running at defenders and using his change of pace to get away having encouraged them to commit themselves.
He is still young enough to improve significantly in the coming years. And there looks to be scope for his next manager to make the decision on which position his long-term future lies in.