Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Argentine youngster Maxi Romero from Velez Sarsfield.
The Gunners were believed to be close to a deal for Romero two weeks ago but a transfer negotiator had to be sent to seal the deal. According to reports, the 16-year-old will cost the London side £4.5million, but he will not arrive in the UK for another two years. The forward has been dubbed as the new Lionel Messi, but it looks like we won’t find out just how true that is for a while yet.
It is believed Romero will stay on loan at Velez as the star is yet to make his senior debut for the club, despite regularly training with the first team. The Gunners were impressed by his ability and believe he has what it takes to be a huge success in the Premier League and European competitions. But when they have got so close to the Premier League title this season, why are they looking so far ahead?
Arsenal currently sit second in the League after going on an eight-game winning run. Every day it looks more likely that Chelsea will claim the title, but many fans wonder if there hadn’t been so many injuries at the start of the season whether it would have been more of a contest. Arsenal have not won so many games in a row since “The Invincibles” in 2004 and a couple of key signings during the summer could strengthen them to being unchallenged at the top next season.
Arsene Wenger is well known for his superb knowledge of young footballers and likes to keep a close eye on those who are showing signs of talent. Wenger previously lost out in signing Messi and Angel Di Maria and is not going to let that happen again. He believes he has the talent to become one of the best in the world and wants to make sure he gives the South American the best, which is why he is letting him stay with Velez to complete his apprenticeship and gain more valuable game time.
Wenger is already on the lookout for talent to add depth to his current squad. After such a fantastic run in the second half of the season, it will be important for that to continue and grow into next season. Wenger will need to add a couple of players and get rid of the dead wood in the side, but after spending the millions already it will be interesting to see what his spending budget will be left with over the summer. The manager has stated he is happy with 90% of his team, but could there be a big name about to leave the club that could open up more cash to reinvest?
Wenger’s tactics show fans he is not planning to leave Arsenal or retire just yet. Wenger is planning for the future and as they progress, and hopefully improve next season, it looks like Wenger is hoping Romero can be part of the ‘Invincibles: Round 2.’