Arsenal hoping to beat Chelsea to starlet’s signature

Arsenal are hoping to pip Premier League rivals Chelsea and La Liga giants Barcelona to the signing of promising star Federico Valverde, that is according to reports in the Metro.

The Penarol midfielder was recently scouted by Barcelona at the South American Under-17s Championship, a tournament in which he scored seven goals in nine games, and the youngster has also been shown around Arsenal’s London Colney training facilities earlier this year.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to tie up a £2.5million deal – plus additional clauses based upon success – and he wants to do it quickly in order to beat Jose Mourinho and Luis Enrique to nabbing the star.

The Arsenal gaffer has a reputation for nurturing, trusting and growing youth players into stars and certainly doesn’t have an issue with splashing the cash on potential having shelled out £2.4million in the recent January transfer window to bring Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw to north London.