Arsenal have returned for Boca Juniors’ Cristian Pavon, and they’re ‘serious’ about signing the winger in January, according to the media in Argentina.
Luis Fregossi of Boca radio station Mundo Boca Radio claims Arsenal have come for Pavon and “this time they seem to be serious”. He adds that the Gunners want the winger in the January transfer window, and Boca have reportedly asked for €40m (£35.9m) as a transfer fee.
El @Arsenal viene por Pavon y esta vez parece q va en serio
40 M de € le pidio Boca. . Lo quieren en este mercado de pases.
— Luis Fregossi (@LuisFregossi) December 16, 2018
Football.London reported last month that initial talks have already taken place between Boca Juniors and Arsenal over the potential for a deal.
Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi is reportedly a ‘big admirer’ of the forward, who is believed to have a £44.5m release clause with his current club. It seems the Argentinian side would be willing to negotiate a deal for slightly less than the clause though.
Ever since the links to Pavon first emerged, it’s always been clear that Boca Juniors would only consider selling once their Copa Libertadores run had come to an end. That happened last weekend, as Boca lost to River Plate in the final.
The Copa Libertadores runs from March to November, whilst the Argentine league runs from August to May, so there’s some overlap whichever way you look at Pavon’s stats. To keep it simple, since August 2017 the winger has 11 goals and 19 assists in 47 club appearances.
Pavon also has a couple of assists for Argentina since making his debut in November 2017. The winger is yet to fully break into the starting lineup, with three starts and eight substitute appearances since then, but he’s certainly a regular in the squad when fit.
A top dribbler and chance creator, Pavon could certainly add something to Arsenal in wide areas. We’ll see if the club’s transfer team make a move in January.