Arsenal have a deal in place to sign Velez Sarsfield striker Maxi Romero, but the transfer could now be in jeopardy after the 16-year-old reportedly suffered ligament damage in a reserve match on Tuesday night.
This is according to the Mirror’s Ed Malyon, who admitted in a tweet that it’s now unclear whether this latest incident will affect the deal.
It was reported last month that Arsenal believed they has secured a £4.5 million deal for Romero - dubbed ‘the new Lionel Messi’ - who was due to arrive at the Emirates Stadium once he turns 18 in two years’ time.
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But suffering what could prove to be a severe injury at such a crucial stage in his development might have serious repercussions - and Arsenal may think twice, provided there’s an option in the agreement they struck with Velez, about completing the transfer.
The Gunners are likely to wait for the full diagnosis before making any decision over Romero, who has impressed Arsenal scouts with his exceptional dribbling ability and composure in front of goal.
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Arsenal fans not surprised by news
Arsenal fans have become accustomed to hearing news about their own players suffering injuries, so those on Twitter greeted this latest update in rather light-hearted fashion.
“That's his welcome to Arsenal injury,” wrote one fan. “It's like an initiation ritual.”
Wenger will be hoping for positive news
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, however, will be hoping the injury turns out to be less serious than first feared.
This is an extraordinary talent who Arsenal are convinced they have won the race for - so the idea that the move could be scuppered because of an untimely injury will come as a huge blow to those who have worked hard to secure his signature.
If Romero can make a swift recovery, there’s every chance the deal will go through as planned.
Arsenal fans are unlikely to see him in the club’s first team immediately after he arrives, though, with a period of settling in sure to be required for a young player straight from South America.
Wenger may seek to organise a loan move for Romero in a league closer to Argentina’s top domestic competition than the English Premier League.
But, at this moment in time, everyone at the Emirates Stadium will be waiting anxiously for updates on Romero’s condition.
Arsenal fans: should Arsene Wenger sign Maxi Romero even if he has suffered ligament damage? Have your say in the comments below!