So Arsenal have definitely made their first signing of this summer in Granit Xhaka, but there has also been another covert signing which has been kept heavily under wraps by Arsene Wenger and the management team, but has now come out into the open after the agent who brokered the deal announced the signing on TodoMercadoWeb.
The striker in question is the Argentinian youngster, Maximiliano Romero, who currently plays at Velez Sarsfield, and the agent, Rolando Zarate, explained his part in the deal, and revealed that the 17 year-old would remain playing in Argentina for the next two seasons. “Maxi has huge potential,” Zarate said.
“I went to London to talk about Arsenal’s offer, and then took it back to [Velez president] Raul Gamez.
“Arsenal agreed to our main terms: that the player remains at Velez for two more years.
“Maxi is going to complete his apprenticeship at a great club like Velez. 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.”
Wenger said not so long ago that nowadays the best strikers come from South America as they usually come from poorer backgrounds and learn their trade playing street football. They are also hungrier for success than their European counterparts who are pampered by the big clubs from an early age and don’t retain the hunger for success.
It appears that Wenger is putting his money where his mouth is, but instead of buying up a ready-made South American striker like Aguero or Higuain, he is investing in a super young talent like Romero in the hope that he will become one of the all-time greats in the future.
The last South American that Wenger bought as a super investment was the prodigy from Brazil Wellington Silva, who we bought six years ago. Now 23, he is currently on loan at Bolton…..