Maximiliano Romero has reportedly agreed a deal to move to PSV Eindhoven, despite interest from Arsenal in the past.
Dutch outlet Eindhovens Dagblad report that Romero has a verbal agreement with PSV, and will undergo a medical this month. He’ll then join the Eredivisie giants for £8.8m on a contract until 2023.
Back in 2015, when Romero was just 16 years old, he was touted as a wonderkid in the media. Eurosport reported quotes from the striker, his agent and the president of current club CA Vélez, all confirming Arsenal’s interest.
President Raul Gamez admitted that the Gunners had made a big offer, while Romero said talks were at an advanced stage. His agent said the following:
“I went to London to talk about Arsenal’s offer, and then took it back to (Velez president) Raul Gamez. Arsenal agreed to our main terms: that the player remains at Velez for two more years. Maxi is going to complete his apprenticeship at a great club like Velez.
“I met with Arsene Wenger twice in London. I negotiated with him and then with his assistants. They heard about Maxi Romero through their scouts in America. He was the player who most impressed them.”
However, the deal fell through after he suffered a knee ligament injury. And despite further rumours the following year, no move materialised.
Romero has been playing relatively well in the Primera División this season, with four goals and one assist in 10 matches so far, but he fell injured again in late November, so he’s currently sitting on the sidelines.
Even though it does appear that Arsenal were interested at one stage, the 18-year-old’s injury problems seem to have ended that interest, and the Argentinian will now ply his trade elsewhere.