“We will pay the asking price because the player is worth it and we have high hopes in him”- Arsenal Sporting Director Edu Gasper confirmed the club is willing to pay a hefty sum to sign ‘the new Andres Iniesta’ after Barcelona failed to sign him due to a lack of cash.
ARSENAL WILL PAY A REASONABLY HIGH PRICE TO LAND BARCELONA TARGET ARTHUR VERMEEREN.
According to Sport (page 12), Arsenal are willing to pay a significant price to get Barcelona target Arthur Vermeeren during the January transfer window.
The 18-year-old is presently one of the top young midfielders in Belgian football, and he recently shined against Barcelona in the Champions League.
The Catalans have been tracking the Royal Antwerp youth for some time, but according to Sport, Arsenal are the frontrunners to buy him in January.
The north London club is willing to pay a hefty cost of €20 million for the teenager.
Due to budgetary constraints, Xavi Hernandez’s team is unlikely to spend that much in January. Their primary focus is still on registering Vitor Roque.
VERMEEREN HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A FUTURE STAR IN THE MAKING.
The youngster has made an outstanding start to the season. In only 15 games for Antwerp in all competitions, he has one goal and five assists.
Two of those assists came in Shakhtar Donetsk’s 3-2 Champions League defeat. Aside from his goal contributions, he has also excelled at distributing.
Vermeeren has completed 92% of his passes in his two Champions League group games.
He averages three tackles and six duels per outing. Furthermore, he has only lost possession 4.5 times, which is outstanding for someone his age.
In our opinion, the Belgian has the potential to become an exceptional midfielder in the long run. He has already been labeled the ‘next Andres Iniesta’ due to his immense talent.
If Arsenal can sign him in January, it will be a huge coup for the club. Given his all-around ability, he has the potential to develop into a brilliant playmaker.