Reports are emerging that Arsenal are set to sign 21-year-old Colombian Midfielder Juan Quintero from Portuguese side FC Porto. The Metro reports the attacking midfielder is flying to North London to finalise a deal. If Wenger gets his man it will represent a major coup for the gunners as they will be landing a player heavily lauded to reach the heights of his compatriot James Rodriguez.
Those unfamiliar with Juan Quintero should know the midfielder is in the same category as James Rodriquez in terms of being an extremely skilful midfielder with an eye for a defence splitting pass and a touch of South American flair.
Possessing a technically gifted left foot known for spectacular free kicks (i.e. against Argentina in the U20 World Cup) and a knack of assisting effortlessly, the Porto prospect prefers to play in the attacking midfield slot where he becomes the link up man in attack. However beneficially for Wenger and his overcrowded midfield Quintero can also slot into centre midfield and the left wing. He makes up for his small 5ft 6inch frame with an abundance of technical ability and the audacity to attempt to not only beat his man but embarrass him with a variety of clever flicks at his disposal thus forcing comparisons with Messi.
Just like James
Along with the same nationality and playing position as James Rodriquez, Quintero has remarkably shared a highly similar career path with his more famed counterpart. Identically the Arsenal target started his youth career being scouted by Envigado after impressing at a youth tournament which Falcao once graced and subsequently moving to Columbian top flight side Atletico Nacional.
After that he branched out to Europe, becoming a regular for Pescara in Serie A already at the early age of 19 and attracting interest from both Inter and Udinese. Again identically, Quintero was eventually picked up by FC Porto in a £5 million deal reportedly accompanied with a substantial release fee clause thus indicating how much of a hot prospect FC Porto judged it had acquired like Rodriquez.
After Rodriquez departed for Monaco in early 2013, Quintero took up his reigns and was handed his number 10 shirt where he enjoyed a promising season and was even selected for Columbia’s World Cup squad albeit as understudy for Rodriquez.
With Arsenal’s highly suitable style of play and reputation for bringing the best out of young prospects it seems Quintero is destined to become more than Rodriguez’s apprentice soon and the Gunners will reap the rewards.
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