Arsenal have switched their attention to youth for the time being with Alvaro Vadillo the latest player linked with a move to the Gunners.
The 18-year old has been tracked by Tottenham Hotspur but will have to battle with London rivals Arsenal to land the youngster’s signature.
The winger, who has been likened to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, made his Real Betis debut at only 16 years old. He tore his cruciate ligament against Real Madrid, keeping him out of action for six months.
He came back last season and was a regular in the side while he also helped Spain reach the finals of the U19 European Championships. Although he is yet to score for the La Liga side, his ability on the ball and decision-making are rated higher than Cristiano’s at the same age.
Manchester United are reported to have had a £2.5 million offer rejected for the winger shortly after making his debut for Betis but the offer was swiftly rejected with the knowledge that the player would develop in to a leading star.
Arsene Wenger also recognizes this and is trying to lure the teenager to the Emirates. His reputation for working with young players gives him an advantage but Tottenham are expected to generate a lot of money from the sale of Gareth Bale and could persuade the player to move to White Hart Lane with a big money offer.
The Arsenal faithful are desperate for a marquee signing and the capture of Vadillo will not fill the gap they feel is missing. However, it is important to note that Arsenal has released so many youth players this summer and will have to bring in new replacements. Also, it is on record that the youth team have their own warchest and any signing to the youth team and reserves doesn’t have any impact in the warchest for the first team.