Maxi Romero, remember the name.
According to Transfermarkt, the 16 year-old made his debut for Vélez Sarsfield on Sunday, playing six minutes from the bench in a 2-1 win over Arsenal de Sarandi.
Zárate himself scored 44 goals in 102 league games for Vélez as a player, made six appearances for Real Madrid, and won two caps for Argentina.
Raúl Gámez, president of Velez, said: “Arsenal have made a big offer for Maxi Romero. I don’t want to talk figures just yet but it’s a big offer.”
That offer is thought to be around £4.5M – a lot to spend on a 16 year-old.
Vélez have only won three of their last fifteen games, perhaps delaying Romero’s debut – twice he has been in the squad but ended the game as an unused sub.
With his full debut possibly imminent, Arsenal (our Arsenal, not the Argentine side he briefly featured against on Sunday) will be happy to seal a transfer before every other big club is watching him.
Romero stands at under 5’9″, yet still seems more than capable in the air. Clips of his dribbling look impressive on the hard and bumpy pitches of Argentina, and he looks impressively calm in the box.
Romero trains with the Vélez first team and has already featured, and scored, in friendlies.
His agent claims to have met Arsène Wenger in London, and says Maxi Romero will “complete apprenticeship” at Vélez – it is being reported that he will remain at the club on loan for two years.
It has also been reported by ESPN that the player himself wished to stay in Argentina, with Arsenal accepting.
“Talks with Arsenal are at an advanced stage,” the player said. “It is an immense joy that has appeared in my life. We must begin to learn English.”
At such a young age there is no telling how far Maxi Romero will actually go, but Arsenal clearly see a lot in him to complete such an expensive transfer for a teenager.