Name: Juan Quintero
Position: Attacking midfielder/winger
Reports today have linked Southampton with a stunning £32m move for Porto Juan Quintero, who has been attracting serious attention from Manchester United and Arsenal for some time. The Colombian ace only joined the Portuguese giants in 2013 from Italian side Pescara, yet his performances are already leading to suggestions he could follow in the footsteps of big stars, such as Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez, who have swapped the Estadio Dragao for huge moves to some of the continent’s top sides.
How good is he?
Simply put, very. Able to play in a central attacking midfield role, but with the pace to threaten from wide, Quintero is the latest Colombian star to roll off the production line. He mixes wonderful close control with deadly shooting ability and has already drawn comparisons with Real’s James Rodriguez.
Is he worth £32m?
That a tricky question to answer, but his stats from this season’s Champions League make for positive reading. When compared to James, who he’s been likened to, and Arsenal’s key attacking force, Alexis Sanchez – there are no Man United stars to liken him to in this year’s competition – his statistics are by no means out of place. He’s matched the pair in terms of assists, is better than Sanchez with his ass completion and is far superior in terms of shot accuracy.
Should United or Arsenal beat Southampton to him?
This month both clubs have more pressing concerns, so a January move for a £32m fee may be unwise. But with Southampton unlikely to be able to lure him from Porto until they can guarantee Champions League football, the summer presents a viable chance to land Quintero, at which point his price may fall if Porto cannot dislodge Benfica at the top of the Portuguese league.