Such is the need to constantly improve in modern day football, that clubs are routinely looking to get their hands on ‘the next Ronaldo’, or ‘the next Messi’.
Naturally gifted young players often have comparisons drawn with the games’ greats, and one of the recent crop of European starlets, Anderlecht's’ David Henen, could well be gracing the Premier League next season.
Landing 'the new Ronaldo'
Dubbed ‘the new Ronaldo' by the Belgian media, the 18-year-old has been hotly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, as well has having been named in connection with a Manchester United move. However it now appears that he is set to reject both of those clubs and instead move to Everton, with Roberto Martinez reportedly on the verge of finalising a £1million transfer.
Henen is known for his incredible pace, and can be used on the wing as well as being deployed up top, which will no doubt have factored into Martinez’s decision as he looks to take Everton further up the table.
Though not having been named amongst Wenger's top targets for the summer the Belgian's decision to turn down the Emirates Stadium in favour of Goodison Park will no doubt have disappointed the Gunners boss, as he has a stellar reputation when it comes to developing promising young talent. The likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Francesc Fabregas have all entrusted their careers to Wenger in recent seasons, and none of them are doing too badly.
That being said Henen will almost certainly be guaranteed far more first-team football on Merseyside, which may well have been the overriding factor. The departure of Gerard Deulofeu following his loan-spell from Barcelona has left a space which needs filling, as has the exit of Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku.
Balotelli wage demands
And the bad news doesn’t stop there for Arsenal fans, as there chances of landing Mario Balotelli have been dealt a fresh blow due to his extortionate wage demands. Arsene Wenger is said to have turned to the Italian in the wake of Loic Remy opting to join Liverpool, but the former Man City star has asked for £5m-a-year after tax in salary, which would sit on top of the £16million it would take to buy him in the first place.
You might be able to lead Wenger to a top player, but you can’t force him to break his financial principles to sign him. Instead the 63-year-old will likely once more have to draw up another list of targets, though the number of certified individuals who would definitely do a job is beginning to run thin.
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