Juan Quintero: From being linked with Arsenal to the Porto bench

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The Colombian attacking midfielder has found first-team action hard to come by this season, making only three league starts.

Back in the summer Metro and The Mirror in England and O Jogo in Portugal suggested that Arsenal were keen on Porto winger Juan Quintero, with a lot of excitement over a potential new star at the Emirates Stadium.

The Colombian midfielder, who has a €40 million release clause at the Estadio do Dragao, was fresh from impressing at the World Cup and seemingly the sky was the limit.

However, wind the clock forward six months and 2014-15 has not quite gone to plan for the 22-year-old.

Quintero has only been selected to start for Porto three times in the Primeira Liga this season and has predominantly had to make do with a role on the Portuguese side’s bench since the appointment of new head coach Julen Lopetegui.

The South American flyer has been introduced from the bench ten times this term but was an unused substitute in Porto’s 3-1 win over Penafiel at the weekend.

Quintero’s situation is reminiscent of Juan Iturbe’s; a gifted South American star that could not break into the Porto team and as such had to move elsewhere.

Iturbe has since moved on to Roma and is getting more opportunities to play; if the situation persists with Quintero, surely the Colombia international will have to assess his options.

The staggering €40 million release clause is not in danger of being matched anytime soon but a shrewd Premier League side could surely make the most of the winger’s situation at Porto.

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