According to Spanish publication AS, Arsenal and Liverpool are both sniffing around Villarreal winger Yeremy Pino.
The 19-year-old Spain international has a buyout clause of €80 million and is under contract until 2027 having signed a contract extension at the Estadio de la Cerámica last November.
Unai Emery handed Pino his debut in October 2020 and hasn’t looked back since. By May of the following year, he was the youngest Spaniard to ever start a major European final and, courtesy of Villarreal’s win over Manchester United, he became the youngest player to win the Europa League, eclipsing the record set by Robin van Persie when the Dutchman was a teenager at Feyenoord.
To date, Pino has made 77 appearances for the Yellow Submarines, scoring 14 goals and making five assists.
He also has a goal and an assist to his name at international level having played two friendlies and two Nations League matches and probably would have added to that tally had he not suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for a couple of months at the start of the summer.
Marca reported the other day that a lack of financial liquidity has hampered Villarreal’s ability to recruit players this summer and that as a consequence they are weighing up the sale of arguably their brightest talent.
While the player’s entourage has gone public with the Premier League interest on Radio Castellon, it’s difficult to verify how serious Arsenal might be. At the same time, following the pursuit of Raphinha, it’s not a secret that Arsenal would like to sign a winger.
Asked about the possibility of signing more players, Arteta said on Friday: “We are going to try. There are a few things that we planned that if we can do them, it would be great.”