Ex-Arsenal and United target, dubbed 'next Maradona', set for €2m Mexican move

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Diego Buonanotte looks set to join Santos Laguna on a cut-price deal.

Back in 2008 River Plate had a talent on their hands being dubbed the 'next Diego Maradona' and this young man really did look the real do. Quick feet, wonderful dribbling ability and a cute pass made Diego Buonanotte one of the most coveted young players in the world.

In fact he was regularly voted one of the best young talents in the world so it was no wonder big clubs, including those in the Premier League were linked with him.

Manchester United and Arsenal were once both keen on his signature - but now it seems he is on the brink of a move to Mexican side Santos Laguna for a cut-price deal believed to be in the region of €2 million.

It is being reported in Spain that the 26-year-old former United and Arsenal target, previously valued at around €25 million, is on his way after struggling to establish himself as a feature in European football - and it has been a tough journey for the player.

In 2009 he was involved in a horrific car crash which left the three passengers in his car dead and from which he miraculously escaped with minimal injuries from the incident.

But many would argue he has not been the same player since.

A move to Malaga in 2011 never truly got off the ground and his time at current club Granada has not been excellent either, unfortunately it seems things have simply not panned out the way they could have for this one time 'next Maradona'.

Who knows what would have happened had he have joined a Premier League club earlier in his career, or indeed if it were not for a fateful night in December 2009. However few would begrudge this player a fresh start in Mexico, or wherever is the location.

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