Following the arrival of David Ospina as the first Colombian in history to become an Arsenal player, there are now indications that Arsenal are looking to bring in another Colombian player to the Emirates. According to Spanish report, Roberto Bonafont , Arsenal are interest in Porto midfielder Juan Quintero and are willing to pay as much as €20 million for the 21 year old.
The midfielder who is heavily left footed has drawn strong comparisons with Argentine maestro Lionel Messi because of his similar playing style to the Barcelona record goal scorer.
The midfielder featured 18 times for the two time European champions last season with 15 starts, and scored just one goal.
So far the players Arsene Wenger has brought in this summer has been players that are in their peak years or going into their peak years in terms of age, except former Southampton defender Calum Chambers who is 19 years old. Others are Mathieu Debuchy (28), Alexis Sanchez (25) and David Ospina (25), but Quintero’s link is different because of his age.
Juan Quintero joined Porto last summer from Italian side Pescara where he was on loan from Colombian side Atletico Nacional Arsene Wenger would have seen alot of him because he made his unofficial debut for Porto at last season’s Emirates Cup.
With the club loaded with so much attacking players across midfield, a number that includes Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Alexis Sanchez as well as youth hopeful Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem, it looks very improbable that Arsene Wenger would look to bring another attacking player in midfield.
Having spent just one year with Porto, what is apparent is that his game is still developing as he has not yet reached the height of a move away from Portugal. With Arsene Wenger leaning towards bringing in more experience players in the last few transfer windows together with one or two youth hopefuls as he has done with Yaya Sanogo last summer and Calum Chambers this summer, it doubtful that he could consider signing the young Colombian midfielder.
Already, the summer has been one of surprises, after much criticism in the early part of the window at the slow pace of the club’s transfer moves, they have gone on to sign four players in July for an outlay of about £60 million, and with that kind of surprise, anything could still happen.