Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal for Real Betis attacker Alvaro Vadillo, according to reports in Spanish media outlet Punto Pelota.
The 19 year old has emerged as one of Spanish football’s top talents over the course of the year, and has even been compared to Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Spain under-20 international has made 13 appearances for Betis this season which is his second season for the first team, he has since found the net on one occasion.
The report states that Arsenal official’s have now reached an agreement with Betis to sign the player for €20 m (£16.5 m) and all that’s left is for the paperwork to be signed. It further states that Arsene Wenger personally took part in the negotiations to get the deal done.
Vadillo broke into the Real Betis first-team back in 2011, becoming the second-youngest ever player to feature in a La Liga match, a month shy of his 17th birthday. The young winger’s ability on the ball, trickery and technique saw him compared with Cristiano Ronaldo, and there were rumours that Manchester United came close to signing the attacker in 2011.
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However, his progress was hampered after he picked up a serious injury after only a handful of appearances and was sidelined for a number of months with a torn ligament. He’s since made a successful return to action and has featured in La Liga 13 times this season, while he’s also represented Spain at Under 18, 19 and 20 levels.
He is a winger, who is capable playing on either side, with superb close ball control, wonderful dribbling ability and is well built. He is lightening quick and has a superb passing range with both long and short passes and is happy with the ball at his feet. His decision making is said to be superior to that of the Portuguese star at the same age. Much like other attacking players his defending isn’t his strongest.
It remains to be seen how credible the reports are but he certainly looks like an exciting prospect however the deal breaker might be his price tag, as £16.5 m is a huge fee for a player who is yet to prove himself at any real level. With Podolski and Chamberlain expected back in the next couple of months, it would be better if we spend the money on a striker.
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