A Premier League club has reportedly been in contact with Villarreal for Yeremy Pino, with Arsenal linked to the young winger.

Spain's forward Yeremy Pino (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the friendly football match between Spain and Iceland at the Municipal de Riazor stadium in La Coruna on March 29, 2022. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)
Spain’s forward Yeremy Pino (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the friendly football match between Spain and Iceland at the Municipal de Riazor stadium in La Coruna on March 29, 2022. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Spanish outlet AS report that a Premier League club have made contact with Villarreal over Yeremy Pino, sending more than just an expression of interest to the Villarreal offices.

The move is reportedly giving the La Liga club cause to assess Pino’s situation, though they’re only willing to sell him for a significant offer, and he has a release clause of €80m.

The identity of the English club isn’t confirmed, but AS add that Arsenal and Liverpool have shown an interest.

Arsenal fans have also spotted a couple of social media signs that their club could be after Pino.

For a start, Edu Gaspar followed ICM Stellar Sports Spain on Instagram earlier this month, the agency representing Pino. Then there’s the fact he’s currently in Valencia, according to his wife’s Instagram, less than an hour’s drive from Villarreal.

VILLARREAL, SPAIN: Yeremy Pino of Villarreal CF celebrates after scoring a goal during the LaLiga Santander match between Villarreal CF and RCD Espanyol at Estadio de la Ceramica on February 27, 2022. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN: Yeremy Pino of Villarreal CF celebrates after scoring a goal during the LaLiga Santander match between Villarreal CF and RCD Espanyol at Estadio de la Ceramica on February 27, 2022. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

None of this is at all conclusive. Edu could just be on holiday, he might have followed the agency for another player or for a reason unrelated to a new signing, and the AS report could turn out to be about a different Premier League club.

But the signs certainly suggest it’s possible Arsenal are after Pino, and David Ornstein recently confirmed the club are still looking to bring in a winger if they can.

Pino scored seven goals and assisted four for Villarreal last season, pushing into the Spain squad. He scored one and assisted one in his first four international appearances, which combined to make just 178 minutes on the pitch.

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