Arsenal have reportedly agreed a staggering £4.5m deal for Maxi Romero – dubbed the ‘new Lionel Messi’ – to join the Premier League giants when he turns 18.
However, the transfer could be in doubt following news that the youngster has suffered a serious injury whilst playing in a reserve game for Velez Sarsfield.
According to Mirror Sports Editor Ed Malyon, the 16-year-old tore his ligaments during a game for Velez Sarsfield, and, while he believes a deal has already been agreed, he is unsure whether the injury could affect any transfer being finalised.
Maxi Romero, 16, has just done his ligaments in a Velez reserves game. Arsenal deal agreed as far as I’m aware. Dunno what happens now
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) May 5, 2015
The reported deal wouldn’t see the Argentine make the switch to the Emirates Stadium for another two years – when he turns 18 – however, such a serious injury so early in his career could have a damaging impact on his development.
Arsenal, therefore, may now be skeptical in pushing through a deal.
The teen has caught the eye of the Gunners through his superb composure in front of goal, and his excellent dribbling skills – and being Argentinian – this has led to inevitable comparisons to four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.