Compared to the Manchester United winger and reportedly on his way to Chelsea. What can we tell you about Josimar Quintero?
The teenager, from Guyaquil, has been at the Barcelona academy since the age of eight and is considered one of La Masia’s most exciting talents at this present time but his agent Raul Verdu had some alarming news for Barca bosses earlier this week when he revealed the decision to reject Barca’s offer of a new contract in Catalonia.
The deal, said to be worth $16k, $20k and $24k over the next three years was not considered enough for the player who they feel could get a far more lucrative deal in England specifically London.
While earlier in the week it was reported that Tottenham and Arsenal were leading the way for the talent it now appears Chelsea may have gazumped their rivals and brought yet another Barcelona talent to English shores.
Quintero would be following in the footsteps of names such as Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Jon Toral in making the switch.
So why all the fuss?
Well the lad is clearly rated extremely highly by the hierarchy at La Masia.
His major qualities are said to be electric pace, ball control and a brilliant delivery. In terms of his position he was originally a striker in Spain but has found himself going backwards over time in recent years.
Whilst capable as a central player he has become more of a settled wide-man in recent times showing an ability to play at both right-wing and right-back. He has been compared to his senior team-mate Dani Alves and former Aston Villa wing-back Ulises de la Cruz but the most on-point comparison seems to be to Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia in regards to his playing style and ability to play anywhere on the right-hand side.
According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo the player is ‘disciplined, hardworking and humble’ while he also ‘deserves the best’.
It is unclear whether he has a Spanish passport which would be necessary for him to move to the UK without a valid visa but considering his eight years living in Spain it is very likely he has already acquired the requisite documentation to travel freely within the EU.
What’s more he would not cost much in the slightest.
Barcelona are a Category-1 side according to FIFA meaning that the maximum sum due under mandated compensation is likely to be in the region of £308k.
Do you think signing the ‘next Valencia’ would be a strong move for Chelsea?
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