Mikel Arteta told to complete wenger mission by signing Real Madrid star midfielder next summer.
After scouts experience hallucinations due to Mikel Arteta’s performance, Arsene Wenger can achieve his quest to recruit Federico Valverde.
According to reports, Arsene Wenger was just about to give Arsenal the ideal player to fit into their midfield. According to Spanish media, the previous manager of the Gunners came very close to signing Federico Valverde in 2014.
While still playing for his former team Penarol, AS stated that the midfielder had “struck a verbal agreement” with Arsenal. Francis Cagigao, who spent more than 20 years as Arsene Wenger’s right-hand man at Arsenal, had done the scouting.
And it appears like Mikel Arteta would try to succeed where Wenger failed when he was the manager of the Gunners. Given that the midfield needs to be improved and that Valverde has proven to be an exceptional player, a trade involving him might be considered.
At the beginning of the transfer window, it was clear that the midfield needed to be strengthened. This was further illustrated by the fact that Mikel Arteta’s choices in the middle of the park were severely limited by the early-season injuries to Thomas Partey and Elneny.
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Arsenal scouts watched Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar to see Mykhaylo Mudryk in action, but they reportedly returned to London “hallucinating” over Federico Valverde’s performance, according to Uruguayan news site Defensa Central.
It would be a match made in heaven for the Gunners given the success of Valverde, who is currently a regular starter at Real Madrid under Ancelotti, and their acute need for midfield reinforcement in the upcoming transfer window.
Since his choice to sign with Real Madrid, Valverde has developed into one of the game’s most well-known midfielders in Europe. This was best exemplified by his outstanding assist in Los Blancos’ victory over Liverpool in the 2017 Champions League final, which eventually determined the outcome of the game.
According to the AS article, Cagigao scouted Valverde after seeing him play in a number of matches and persuaded the player, his family, and his agent that joining Arsenal would be the best choice.
Due to this, the player and his agent traveled to London in December 2014, where they stayed for six days at the Sopwell House Hotel, which is close to the Arsenal Training Center.
The transfer scenario for Valverde apparently altered following the South American Under 17 Championship in Paraguay, where the Uruguayan scored seven goals, despite only once training with the first squad. This ultimately convinced Real Madrid to take him, leaving Arsenal speechless after submitting a €3 million (£2.7 million) bid for the young player.
But because the midfielder has Arsenal scouts in awe, they may look into a transfer in the future. By completing the trade, Arteta would put an end to Wenger’s mission.