Arsenal have entered a transfer battle with London rivals Tottenham as they look to step up the chase to sign 18-year-old wonder kid Alvaro Vadillo from Real Betis, according to the reports in Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old, touted as ‘The New Ronaldo’, became the youngest player to ever start a La Liga match back in 2011, aged 16 years 11 months and 7 days.
The Mail is reporting that Vadillo has been scouted by Europe’s elite teams but it has come to a two-way fight between Arsenal and Spurs to land the talented teenager.
Manchester United had previously been linked with a deal for the Spanish youngster, and Betis reportedly turned down a £2.5 m from the Premier League champions last year. Arsenal now appear favorites to snap up the wonder kid however, who would join Yaya Sanogo at the Emirates this summer, who arrived on a free transfer.
Alvaro Vadillo began his career at a very young age as an academy product of Real Betis and made his senior debut as a 16 year old when he started in a 1–0 away win against Granada CF back in 2011.
Having played regularly for Spain U-17 team, he has found his way into the Spanish U-20 team now. Capped 5 times for the U-20, Vadillo has been on the score sheet once.
Vadillo’s lightning speed and fondness for a step-over on the left flank has drawn the comparisons to the Portuguese legend, but the 18-year-old has yet to score a first-team goal for the La Liga side. He is predominantly right-footed, and like most attacking wingers in modern football, enjoys cutting in from the wing on his favored boot.
There are definite similarities between Vadillo and a young Ronaldo, if anything the former possesses greater maturity in his decision making and delivery from wide areas than the Portuguese did in his early Manchester United days. The 18-year-old is, of course, still developing but he inflicts most of his damage out wide, with his lack of shooting prowess suggesting he’s unlikely to metamorphose into the complete attacker that the Real Madrid man has become. At 5ft 11in, he’s just two inches short of Ronaldo’s aerial threat too.
While there are other areas that Arsenal have to strengthen this transfer window, buying a young winger should be the last priority for Arsene Wenger. However, Alvaro Vadillo could be the one for the future and is also available at a cheap price. The capture of such a promising player will be good in the long run but it wont be enough to appease fans who are still waiting to see a marquee signing.
He would be a great signing but where are the spectacular signings Mr.Wenger ?