Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are two perfect examples of modern clubs always on the lookout for the next exciting talent, the next exciting teenager to invest in and snap up, hoping that one day they’ll turn out to be a superstar.
The North London rivalry could now take a slightly different twist with the news that both clubs are taking a look at teenage wing wizard Alvaro Vadillo of Real Betis, a player turning heads with his pace, skill and ability on the ball.
Arsenal have the benefit of being able to offer Vadillo the chance to work with Arsene Wenger but Spurs will be boosted by the cash of a Gareth Bale deal if that move to Real Madrid already goes through.
However, it won’t be easy because Manchester United tried to sign him as a 16-year-old in 2011, having a bid of £2.5 million turned down which demonstrates just how highly regarded and rated Vadillo is by his current club.
Here are five facts about him.
1) He’s an 18-year-old winger who can play down either flank, with a height of five feet eleven inches tall.
2) He’s played for Spain at three different levels so far in his career; Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20.
3) He was the youngest player to start a La Liga match appearing in a 1-0 away win at Granada in August 2011 aged 16 years, 11 months and 16 days old.
4) He’s an original one club man, spending time in the Betis youth team between 2006 and 2011 before graduating to the Betis B side in 2011 and eventually the first team.
5) He started taking English lessons, learning to speak fluently while recovering from a torn cruciate ligament injury which came as a result of a collision with Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos.
Good potential signing? What do you think?
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