Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the Villarreal wonderkid could instead make a last-minute move to Arsenal this summer.
The transfer insider told GIVEMESPORT: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he could be one of the names [for Arsenal] in the last few weeks of the transfer window because he is a really top player.”
“Many Premier League clubs are approaching his agents. He has English agents – Stellar – which is a strong group in the Premier League, so it’s normal to have these kinds of links and these kinds of approaches.”
Jurgen Klopp has been plagued with troubles ever since the season began, with a number of players getting injured in the latter stages of pre-season and during the first two matches of the campaign, so another setback is the last thing that the Liverpool manager needs right now.
Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konate, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip are just some of the names on Liverpool’s injury list at present. If that wasn’t enough, summer signing Darwin Nunez was shown a straight red card on Monday night against Crystal Palace which will now see him suspended for the next three fixtures.
Liverpool have had a big clearout in their squad over the summer, letting go of Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Sadio Mane from their forward options, so the signing of Pino would be a fantastic prospect for the future of the Reds’ attack.
The 19-year-old has been enjoying success over in Spain with Unai Emery’s Villarreal side, becoming the youngest player ever to win the Europa League last year, but it’s not just his record-breaking feats in European football which have caught the attention of Liverpool and other Premier League clubs.
Last season he became the youngest player in the top five European leagues to register a first half hat-trick since 2006/07, with Pino scoring four goals against Espanyol as he showed glimmers of his potential throughout the campaign.
Across 31 league appearances last season, the €45m-valued (£38m) attacker scored six goals, delivered four assists and created six big chances, winning one tackle and 3.5 duels per game as he showed that he has the potential to develop his game even further with the right move and the right development.
If Liverpool can capture the signature of Pino over the remaining weeks of the transfer window, beating off Arsenal to acquire his services, it could be a massive coup for the Merseysiders in terms of the future of their forward line.
As things stand, though, the apparent strength of the Gunners’ position in this transfer race comes as another setback during a testing time for Klopp.