Watch 16-Year-Old Argentine Prodigy Who's Set To Join Arsenal
Various reports in the past few days including Marca have indicated that Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal for 16-year-old Argentine starlet Maximiliano Romero. Romero is tipped to be something special and, despite only recently turning 16, is attracting interest from Europe's elite.
Romero plays for Argentinian side Vélez Sarsfield, but is yet to make a first team appearance. He did, however, joined them for pre-season and scored goals in friendlies. The centre-forward is a big Falcao fan many believe he is a future star.
Argentinian reports suggest that Arsenal are discussing a €6million deal for 80% of Romero's image rights. The youngster himself has admitted "talks with Arsenal are at an advanced stage."
Romero's agent has discussed how the Arsenal offer came about and progressed. He said, "Maxi has huge potential. I went to London to talk about Arsenal's offer, and then took it back to Raúl Gámez (Vélez's president). Arsenal agreed to our main terms: that the player remains at Vélez for two more years. Maxi is going to complete his apprenticeship at a great club like Vélez. I met with Arsene Wenger twice in London. I negotiated with him and then with his assistants. They heard about Maxi Romero through their scouts in America. He was the player who most impressed them".
The plan is to let Romero stay in Argentina for two years and continue his progression.
The young Argentine sounds a potential star — here's some footage of him in action…