According to widespread reports, Arsenal have sealed a deal to sign Argentinian hotshot Maxi Romero.
The 16-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest talents currently operating in South America and the Gunners – 7/25 to beat Reading in the FA Cup semi-final next – have agreed to pay Velez Sarsfield £4.5m for his services.
Third-party ownership issues are believed to be all that’s standing in the way of the deal’s completion, though it’s not expected that these will scupper the transfer.
Such news is likely to spark joyous scenes amongst the rank and file at the Emirates, with the Argentine set to join Polish battering ram Krystian Bielik as the second high-profile prodigy captured this season.
However, it’s caution, not elation, we’re advising regarding long-term expectations of Romero, for he is about to join a long line of transatlantic teens who never quite made the grade in north London, some of which are highlighted below.
Currently exemplifying his undoubted ability in front of goal for Real Sociedad, the Mexican poacher forever struggled to make the Arsenal team for anything other than the early rounds of the Capital One Cup.
The 26-year-old was loaned out five times during his unsuccessful seven-year Gunners tenure before being shipped off permanently to Spain.
He featured 62 times for Arsene Wenger’s men, but only scored 11 goals to barely justify his £550,000 transfer fee.
The Brazilian’s Arsenal career was lengthy in terms of appearances made – he was fielded 153 times across all competitions – but the success of the stay is defined by the fact it ended in the termination of his contract.
He re-joined the club with which he began his career for nothing after costing the Gunners £3.4m as a 19-year-old.
Despite playing a respectable number of games, Denilson failed to reach the level his potential promised, a notion quantified by Arsenal’s cancelling of his contract in 2011.
Such was the skill this Brazilian teen exemplified, the FA agreed to grant him a ‘Special Talent Visa’ so he could seal his move to Arsenal.
After but a few weeks, the governing body ominously opted to revoke the appropriate documentation, meaning Wellington needed to be rehoused.
The Gunners sent him on loan to Spain in 2011 and he has been based there ever since, playing for a variety of clubs without any great success.
His record league haul for a season currently stands at three so, despite being granted a work permit to play in the Premier League from next season, don’t expect to see him stockpiling the goals.