Arsene Wenger is said to be stepping up his pursuit of an 18-year-old Real Betis starlet being hailed as a “new Cristiano Ronaldo” and to make the chase for Alvaro Vadillo even more enticing for Gunners fans, the club are up against bitter north London rivals Tottenham to sign the youngster.
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.
Spanish winger Vadillo has been compared with the Real Madrid ace due to his “poise on the ball, fondness for a trick, and dribbling ability on the left wing”.
It is said that Vadillo has a similar build to that of the young Ronaldo but that his decision-making is more advanced than his elder’s was at the same age.
Vadillo has come through the Betis ranks and became the youngest player to start a La Liga match when he made his debut for in a 1-0 away win at Granada in August 2011 aged 16 years, 11 months and 16 days.
Betis boss Pepe Mel says the club is considering offers on the table.
He said: “We are studying offers for him and there has been a concrete one recently from a foreign team.”
So, is that offer from Spurs or Arsenal? Time will tell.
The capture of such a promising player may not be enough to appease frustrated Gooners, though. Wenger is said to have a transfer kitty of up to £100million yet no major signings have arrived at the Emirates to date.