Many fans would have dreamed about watching Messi in an Arsenal shirt and that dream might partially come true this summer, as the Metro are reporting that the Gunners have agreed a deal to sign Argentine starlet Maxi Romero who has been termed the ‘next Messi’ by experts who have watched him closely.
The deal was supposed to be completed last week only to be delayed by the ownership issue of the player, however that seems to be resolved after the North London club sent their chief Negotiator Dick Law to Argentina.
The deal will cost Arsenal £4.5 million, which is a huge investment for a 16 year old youngster, but given the huge talents he posses it is worth the risk. The youngster will be a Gunner come the summer, but reports suggest that the midfielder will be sent back to his club to continue his development for the next 2 years.
It’s a known fact that Wenger missed out on signing some big name players during his tenure with Messi and Di Maria topping that list, however it seems he didn’t take any risk in case of Romero and moved very quickly to snap him up before some other big clubs come looking.
It is likely that he will only return to the Emirates after his 18th birthday when Arsenal are likely to apply for a work permit. The President of Velez has recently confirmed the Gunners interest and has also suggested that the North London have made a big offer. He said:
“Arsenal have made a big offer for Maxi Romero. I don’t want to talk figures just yet but it’s a big offer.”
“I met with Arsene Wenger twice in London. They heard about Maxi through their scouts in South America. He is the player who has most impressed him.”
“Maxi has huge potential but he is going to complete apprenticeship at a great club like Velez.