Aston Villa’s new manager could already be drawing his transfer plans up, with a view to return to his old club…
The Spaniard is said to have specifically requested the transfer, and with the club keen to impress their new man, Johan Lange is already preparing the offer.
The 20-year-old is an academy product of the Yellow Submarine but will likely demand an astronomical fee.
Fabrizio Romano claimed that Arsenal were quoted at €50m (£42m) to sign the forward over the summer.
With Steven Gerrard’s star signing Philippe Coutinho having misfired so far this season, the new man in charge might not be so keen on waiting around for him to start performing.
With this bold transfer move, he seems keen to instantly replace the Brazilian who is yet to contribute offensively this campaign.
Despite the young Villarreal forward having scored just once this season, his youth and performances last season has clearly left a big impression on Emery.
Boasting the versatility to play all across the front line, his ability to score all manner of goals with his wicked right foot could see him likened to the former Barcelona magician who appears to be slowing down with age.
He might still have plenty to offer, but if Pino was to join it would likely spell the beginning of the end for Gerrard’s main man.
Although, the experience Coutinho could bestow upon Emery’s star boy might see him reach heights far beyond his current ceiling.
It might be a move that benefits all parties and would be a true statement signing for the new manager.