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Arsenal suffer blow in race to sign ‘new Lionel Messi’ Maxi Romero

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.

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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.

Malyon tweeted:

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.

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