Arsenal are in the market for a new winger and Villareal’s Yeremi Pino is the latest man to be linked with the London outfit.
THE LOWDOWN: WINGER SEARCH
The Gunners have already had a strong summer window, recruiting Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City as well as Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira.
Manager Mikel Arteta is also keen to sign a new winger to provide cover and competition with Bukayo Saka on the right wing in particular. Recently, Arsenal went in for Raphinha, but the Brazilian opted to join Barcelona instead.
All summer they have been linked with a move for Bayern Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby. Recent reports also suggested PSV’s Cody Gakpo as an alternative for Arsenal, but he could cost around €40 million, while Portuguese Pedro Neto is another name that has been mentioned alongside the London club in recent weeks.
Arsenal have remained attentive to the possibility of bringing in a new attacker who can play across the frontline and appear to have landed on Villarreal’s Yeremi Pino.
THE LATEST: SPANISH TARGET
According to Radio Villarreal, The Yellow Submarine are giving serious consideration to cashing in on the 19-year-old, who also goes by the nickname Yeremy.
The La Liga club are in dire need of financial support to make their preferred signings this summer, having witnessed just the arrival of Kiko Femenia, Jose Luis Morales and Pepe Reina.
Established stars like Arnaut Danjuma and Pau Torres, who are should have been sold are yet to get the right offers, so Villarreal might be forced to sell Yeremy instead.
The teenager is arguably Villarreal’s brightest young talent and he has a release clause worth €80million (£67.5m). Last season, Yeremy scored six goals and laid on four assists in 21 starts in La Liga.
THE VERDICT: NOT NEEDED
Villareal are desperately looking for funds to finance their own transfer business this summer and Arsenal should not allow themselves to be lured into it. Yeremy is a fine winger with a huge prospect, but the Gunners can’t afford such a player at the moment because of the number of players surplus to requirements at the moment.
Most importantly, wingers Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson have not sorted their future yet, so it will be unwise to go for the Villareal man. On the contrary, Arsenal have Marquinhos, who arrived in the summer, and is currently with the U21s that Mikel Arteta can look towards.