Rumours have it that Arsenal may have snapped another South American talent for the future in the name of Maxi Romero.
Maxi is an Argentinian 16-year-old who plays for Club Atletico Velez. The Argentinian papers claim that the Gunners have offered around £4 million for the services of the youngster.
However, he is supposed to arrive at the Emirates Stadium in two years , after his 18th birthday, and is set to remain in his homeland for the short-term future.
Scouts All over the World
Arsenal are known to have scouts all over the world. They have successfully been signing teenagers from Greece, France, Germany, Austria, Poland and the USA amongst others lately.
It is very difficult for British teams to sign South American teen players because of work permit criteria. The only ways to sign them are if they qualify as a special talent, if they have played 75% of the international games for their senior national team or if they have a European passport.
However, this does not appear to have stopped Arsenal from signing players they think can make the grade in north London.
Former South American teenagers to have signed for Arsenal are Wellington Silva (2010, Fluminese, BRA), Damian Martinez (2010, Independiente, ARG), Samuel Galindo (2010, Real America BOL) and Joel Campbell (2011, Deportivo Saprissa, CRC)
Opportunity to play
Youngsters dream of signing for Arsenal because of their reputation to give young players opportunities in the first-team.
The chance to develop under Arsene Wenger is another reason why players want to join Arsenal. The French tactician has given lots of teenagers opportunities like Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Patrick Vieira, Ashley Cole and most recently of all Hector Bellerin.
Gunners fans will be hoping that Romero is more of Bellerin-like signing rather than a Denilson-like.