Maximiliano Romero is set to join PSV in January after completing a €10.5 move from Vélez Sarsfield but three years ago the 18-year-old could have joined Arsenal.
Arsenal were reportedly eyeing up Romero recently but the 18-year-old has just completed a €10.5 move from Vélez Sarsfield to PSV.
This wasn’t the first time the Gunners were eyeing up the Argentinian wonderkid though, as, according to journalist Guillermo Tagliaferri, the striker could have moved to north London when he was just 15.
However, the teenager unfortunately suffered a knee injury.
“Romero was very good early on,” claims Tagliaferri. “At just 15, he could have gone to Arsenal.
“The English club sent scouts to Vélez Sarsfield matches but Romero then sustained a knee injury and was out for a long time.
“Fortunately, he is now completely fit again. He has had a good year.”
Romero had been with Vélez Sarsfield since 2005, when he would have been just six-years-old until recently, when he agreed to join PSV in January.
During his final half-season in Argentina, the young striker netted four goals and assisted one in 10 league appearances.
He also averages 2.5 shots per game and puts through 0.9 key passes. However, he only completes around 0.7 dribbles and 77% of his passes.
Were Arsenal genuinely scouting him at 15 and then again recently? Probably.
He’s clearly a talented young forward and clubs like the Gunners send out people to watch up-and-coming players all the time.
There’s nothing unusual about it.
He’s a PSV player now and it will be interesting to see how much his price rises over the next few seasons.