According to TyC Sports, LA Galaxy have passed up the opportunity to sign reported 2019 Arsenal and Fulham target Cristian Pavon from Boca Juniors.
The 24-year-old forward was once tipped for great things.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi called Pavon ‘excellent’ when describing the speedy youngster (AS) following his breakthrough in Argentina with Boca Juniors.
Links to the Premier League followed. Arsenal were said to be monitoring him ahead of January 2019 (Football London), but they were hesitant over his £43 million release clause.
Fulham also enquired about him under then manager Claudio Ranieri (The Sun, page 59, December 18, 2018), but a move to Craven Cottage failed to materialise.
In a surprise twist, Pavon eventually joined LA Galaxy on an 18-month loan.
But fresh reports from TyC Sports claim the MLS club have passed up the opportunity to make his move permanent, telling Boca they won’t pay the £15 million option fee.
Both Arsenal and Fulham may now have the chance to renew their interest in Pavon ahead of January with the speedy forward set to return to Argentina next month.
Pavon has endured a mix spell in the MLS. He suffered a slow start, but in the disrupted 2020 campaign he posted a respectable five goals and three assists in 15 games.
Arsenal have an abundance of attacking talent in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe and Willian.
It’s unlikely the Gunners will look to add more attacking players in January, with manager Mikel Arteta expected to focus on other areas of the team.
Fulham, on the other hand, lack a spark in the final third.
The Whites have managed just five goals in their six Premier League games to date following promotion, with three of those coming in the 4-3 defeat at Leeds United.
Scott Parker’s side are up against it. However, a player of Pavon’s ability could offer them hope while at 24 he represents a young player with a potentially high re-sale value.