Players often get tainted with a brush that claims they are the next this or new that - and one such player is 18-year-old Real Betis star Alvaro Vadillo.
He has been dubbed ‘the next Ronaldo’ - and we don’t mean the chubby goal-machine of Barcelona and Inter Milan past.
His physique, trickery and powerful shooting ability have seen him compared to Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo - and he is certainly a player who demonstrates that sort of innate potential, at such a young age.
But Betis were never going to be able to hide his talents from the world, and now two Premier League sides are keen on the teen.
Pepe Mel, the Betis manager, was recently very clear on the subject of a potential Vadillo exit this summer - stating that ‘there is nothing to talk about’ in regards to a potential transfer for one of their star youngsters.
That sentiment has been shared by the Seville outfit’s sporting director Vlada Stosic. The 48-year-old Serbian made this statement on the subject:
“We’re not listening to offers for Vadillo. We want to keep him…’’
However, while that is all well and good, the rest of his statement makes it clear that these are essentially empty words:
‘’…unless someone comes and pays the clause, or a figure very close to his buyout clause, then he'll be staying.”
That is because Vadillo has a buy-out clause in his current contract with the club, standing at €20 million.
Therefore, as much as Betis protest his unavailability, the fact remains that if any interested party meets that valuation (approximately £17 million) - Betis have no choice but to sell.
Luckily, the club should be able to rest easy. Despite the obvious talent the lad possesses, nobody is going to spend that sort of money on him until he has proven himself on a regular basis - especially not the notoriously frugal North London duo.
So for this summer, at least, Vadillo looks likely to remain in Spain.
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